Saturday Review (31/05/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Ryan Moore’s superior riding ability at Haydock shone through as he weaved a path between horses to deliver the top weight Major Cadeaux right where it counted to win the Group 3 J.W.Lees Stakes. It was a truly great ride beating the Linda Perratt duo of the gutsy Big Timer and the closer Appallachian Trail.
Ryan went on to finish a great days work piloting Patkai to an easy success in the last. Slowly away the Sir Michael Stoute trained 3 yr old stayed on strongly to outclass his rivals, certain to be stepped up in grade he is still on the right side of the handicapper.
Front runner Fat Boy once again toughed it out to turn away the persistent challenge of Tajdeef, a genuine gallop that only one horse could lay up with as the front two pulled clear of the seasonal debutante Swiss Franc.
Perfect Polly continues to progress with a solid victory over the Irish trained Aine. A strongly run 6f Listed contest strangely set by Dark Missile, it was left to the 3 yr olds to fight out the finish with the Henry Cecil trained Crystany staying on into third.
Juvenile Dabbers Chief out gunned his opponents in all departments breaking his maiden by five. A son of the American sire Broken Vow, bred to get a lot further he has a future if improving like his father did from two to three, a good looking colt that will do well especially as trainer Barry Hills allows his horses to develop.
Tom Queally having won the opener on Fat Boy completed a double when forcing Gee Dee Nen’s head down right on the wire to mug the 4/1 favourite Colloquial right on the money, an out and out staying handicapper that may go to Royal Ascot.
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