Saturday Review (13/09/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action
Sir Michael Stoute’s Hoo Doo in the St Leger was broken in style as the Frankie Dettori ridden Conduit beats the Irish trained Unsung Heroine. The Oaks winner Look Here finished in third. Held up off a strong gallop by Frankie Conduit cantered to the front and despite wandering under pressure stayed on strongly to win by 3L. Likely to stay in training next year he could easily turn into a Cup horse.
African Rose made the trip over from France pay as she dug deep to win the Group 1 Sprint Cup for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and jockey Stephane Pasquier. Held up early the 7/2 favourite surged to the lead down the middle of the track holding off the late challenge of Assertive and Utmost Respect.
The tall reputation of Zacinto was well and truly blotted as the Sir Michael Stoute trained juvenile despite failed to hold off the late challenge of the Ballydoyle’s colt Westphalia, going down by a neck in the opening Group 2 Champagne Stakes.
In the Group 2 National Express Park Stakes one of the best bet horses of the day, Major Cadeaux failed to get on terms with last years winner Arabian Gleam going down by 1/2L giving Johnny Murtagh a double on the card.
As you would expect for a £75,000 Handicap Portland sprint went right down to the wire and it was the Saleem Golam ridden Hogmaneigh who just got the better of River Falcon and Siren’s Gift to register his first win in fifteen months.
Over at The Curragh team Ballydoyle made it a clean sweep of the five Classic’s as the 1/3 favourite Septimus in the hands of Seamus Heffernan cruised to victory over stable mate New Zealand in the Irish St Leger.
At Chester the Alan Berry trained Look Busy who has been an absolute revelation this season failed by only ½ L in her bid to win her first six furlong contest as Angus Newz made all from her favoured post position 1 to win the Stowe Family Law Lip Henry Gee Fillies’ Stakes.
In the other Listed contest on the tight left handed track, Foxheaven ,who won the Carlsberg Stand Cup two years ago wore down the pace setting Carte Diamond inside the final furlong to give Francis Norton a Listed race double.
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