Thursday Review (02/10/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action
Ashram proved to be in a different league to his rivals when bolting clear in the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes while the free going Wingwalker disappointed. Benefiting from a strongly run contest, Ryan Moore was able to bring the unexposed juvenile from the back to stamp his authority on the contest, quickening nicely clear of Control Zone.
The team of Dandy and Adrian Nicholls combined for a hard fought success with the old boy Peace Offering in the G4’s Rous Stakes. Always well placed, the talented Peace Offering squeezed through to head Siren’s Gift and the trail blazing Princess Ellis.
Johnny Murtagh was then seen at his best aboard the maiden Kingship Spirit to win the £250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes. As is the norm for such a big prize, plenty went to post and so we got three distinct groups racing down Newmarket’s Rowley Mile with Kingship Spirit coming through to head Pyrrha and Imperial Guest with the front three edging nicely clear up to the line. The winner is entered in the Horses in Training sales towards the end of the year but surely will now be withdrawn.
Frankie Dettori was another jockey to ride a very good tactical race as he brought Savarain from last to first to win the Noel Murless Stakes. Confidently settled at the rear as main market rival Fiulin and Champion Jockey elect Ryan Moore got the run of the race, Frankie eased the classy Savarain into contention, laying it down to the eventual second and powering clear up to the line.
The stoutly bred debutante Redwood overcame greenness to pull off a bit of a shock in the opener at 22/1 when pegging back the hot favourite Alhaque inside the final furlong. He is a likable type that will surely build on this as trainer Barry Hills does not normally wind his 2 yr olds up first time out.
In what was a rough seven runner 6F Handicap, Masada, under Martin Dwyer, past the post in front but then had to wait on the stewards as Dwyer bumped the second, Bastakiya, with about 100 yards to go.
Racing ended with a win for one of the best bet horses of the day, Willow Dancer. Prominently ridden by Steve Drowne, the Walter Swinburn trained 4 yr old stayed on strongly to hold the consistent Ace Of hearts at bay.
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