Wednesday Review (03/09/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action
The Saeed Bin Suroor trained Fortune City looked a smart performer when opening his account by an easy 7L in the first at Lingfield Park. Using his experience from the gate, Frankie Dettori was able to control things on the lead allowing the son of Rahy to lengthen down the stretch and winning with plenty in hand.
The longest race of the day went to the way of the penalised Rutba. Racing off of bottom weight, the well handicapped, progressive 3 yr old forged clear of Chiff Chaff entering the final furlong. A thorough staying type, he will surely be heading jumping in the very near future.
Riding honours went to Eddie Ahern with a 30/1 plus double, instigated by the win of Courageous Nature in the seller. Held up out the back, the Brian Meehan trained juvenile made stealthy headway to collar the odds on favourite Raise in the shadows of the post. Eddie had to wait until the last to complete the double on Geoffdaw, again coming fast and late to mug Little Knickers right on the wire, with Night Premiere just a neck behind.
Michael Jarvis and Philip Robinson teamed up with the juvenile Playfellow to make it two from two. Always travelling the best, Playfellow (racing in the familiar yellow colours of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) took no prisoners, quickening right away from the Saeed Bin Suroor trained debutante Musleh.
The 25/1 shot Lawton was a welcome winner for trainer Miss J R Tooth and jockey Paul Fitzsimons. Never far away, the 3 yr old, who was winning his first race of his career, showed a good attitude to beat Gulch’s Rose in a tight photo.
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