Friday Review (23/05/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action...
Gamble well and truly landed as Ask The Butler having his first run for new trainer Luca Cumani pulverised his opponents in the Frontrunner For Windows Handicap. Despite a long absence from the track the relatively lightly raced 4 yr old was backed from 12/1 to 11/2. All dressed and nowhere to go Dane O’Neill found room late to beat Jeer being value for a lot further than the half a length and Ask The Butler will be expected to go on from this.
The Newmarket card opened with what looked an above average 6F fillies’ juvenile maiden. There was no real form to go on but the way that Kissing The Camera in the hands of Ryan Moore and Misdageya and Richard Hills pulled away from the field I would expect them to go on from this. Moore went on to complete a double on the well supported course specialist Plum Pudding, jumping to the lead the Richard Hannon trained 5 yr old cruised clear of Dingaan and the disappointing Big Noise who travelled well untill reaching the bushes when he looked a shade one pace.
Some beautifully bred horses made there belated debut in the Sias Building Services Anniversary Maiden and I feel we witnessed a couple of decent prospects. The winner Ancient Lights and second Meethaaq put distance between themselves and the pack in a matter of strides showing a touch of class. Trained by Henry Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute both would be expected to step forward from this.
Eddie Ahern who having earlier won on Ancient Lights completed a double aboard Punjabi, for trainer Nicky Henderson, steeling a march on the fast finishing Mad Rush. Both horses are ahead of the handicapper pulling a mile clear of the third and are certain to contest better a class next time.
A big field of handicappers charged down the straight mile and split into two groups, many people thought that the middle of the track was the place to be but as things worked out the nearside rail produced the first four home as Richard Hughes hard up against the fence rattled home aboard Oat Cuisine to collar Princess Taylor with Hannicean and Dream of Fortune close up.
Racing concluded with the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Amateur Riders Handicap a strongly run contest went to the Moore family. Gary being the trainer and Josh the accomplished young pilot as Artreju in workman like style forged clear of Iceman George and Moonlight Fantasy.
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