Monday Review (08/09/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action
Peter Chapple-Hyam and Alan Munro teamed up to have an opening race double at Folkestone, winning both divisions of the 7F juvenile maiden.
The first was the relatively exposed Brazilian Art who raced all alone on the far side, eventually wearing down the pacesetter on the nearside Zebrano and edging a 1/2L clear with nearly 2L back to the third and a massive gap back to the rest.
That was followed by the very impressive Mishrif. Building on a fair debut at Newmarket, Mishrif, although reported as a lazy type, came clear under a hand ride of the standard setter Captain Ellis with the one paced, and gambled on, Bagber back in third.
Hucking Harmony, under a positive ride from Liam Keniry, made all to win the Garden Coast Handicap. Possibly racing on a decent strip of ground, Hucking Harmony stuck to his task to beat the nearside bunch, headed by Palais Polaire and Affretando.
Portugese Caddy remained unbeaten in two starts with a game win over the well regarded debutante Sign of Approval. Headed inside the final furlong, the Jim Crowley ridden Portugese Caddy rallied to get back on top right on the wire.
Chased along from the gate by Patrick Mathers, Regal Royale just got on top of Irish Pearl on the line with the trailblazing Equuleus Pictor, penalised for a couple of recent wins, weakening tamely into third.
The John Dunlop trained Fearless Warrior shrugged off a 6lb penalty with consummate ease, cruising to a comfortable success over China Pink while in the last Mr Hichens, under a canny ride from T O’Shea, completed a three timer by making all in the Stone Of Folca Handicap.
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