Tuesday Review (02/09/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Racing at Goodwood was hit by the overnight rain, evident in the feature Group 3 Kbc Supreme Stakes in which four of the nine entries were withdrawn, even though there was £65,000 on offer. As it was Express Wish, in the capable hands of Shane Kelly, handled the ground better than most coming 2L clear of the 9 yr old favourite Welsh Emperor.
Lady Rusty fulfilled the promise of her debut run at Windsor by staying on to break her maiden over the slow starting Equinine. A late developing type, Lady Rusty can only improve as she gets older. Barry Hills and son Michael later went one better when Moville was allowed to dictate the fractions to a weakened field of maidens pulling more than 3L clear under a strong ride.
Trainer Brian Ellison was responsible for the opening winner Fort Churchill in the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Amateur Riders Handicap. Very much a suitable mount for an inexperience rider, Fort Churchill was well handled by young 5lb claimer D Swift to win going away from Optimus with York Cliff close up.
Lethal Glaze then overcame a slow start to pip top weight High Alert on the post. Yet another juvenile winner for trainer Richard Hannon, this handicap debutante is certain to give a good account of himself off a penalty.
Long standing maiden Thunder Gorge was encouraged to the lead under a strong drive from William Buick, getting the nod by a neck over Heroes. Still only a 3 yr old, Thunder Gorge may have more to offer now he has a win under his belt.
Racing concluded with the Pat Eddery trained Koraleva Tectona grinding out a victory over Compton’s Eleven in what was a depleted field.
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