Saturday Review (25/10/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action
A race that has thrown up a number of top quality 3 yr olds in the past, the Group1 Racing Post Trophy was turned into a one horse affair once Jamie Spencer unleashed the pace of Crowded House inside the final furlong, winning going away from the well supported Jukebox Jury. Trained by Brian Meehan this stoutly bred son of Rainbow Quest must have Blue Ribbon aspirations for next year.
Jamie Spencer was completing a double having produced the Roger Charlton trained Definightly in the opener with a perfectly time run to pip Satwa Laird and Greensward in the 7F Crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery Handicap. With the front three putting a clear distance between themselves and the pack and noting that in the past this is a race that has worked out well, I will be keeping a close eye on the first three home for future reference.
As you would expect in a £50,000 5F Handicap things were very tight at the finish with little more than three lengths covering the first eight home headed by the very consistent Judge N’ Jury who was making it four from his last five; the last two under young Kevin Ghunowa.
As the odds on Sayif fell away tamely the Racingpost.com Doncaster Stakes was always going to throw up a surprise winner. But not many people could have been prepared for the winning run of 50/1 shot Imperial Guest who was brought through by Tony Culhane to give trainer George Margarson a welcome winner.
One of the best bet horses of the day, Times Vital, under a patient Dean McKeown made headway to beat Voice Coach and Hunting Country in the style of a horse that will have more to offer next season.
The old boy Welsh Emperor lost little in defeat having run his heart out in the lead, but when it came to the business end inside the final furlong he never had the legs of the younger Mr Aviator who galloped on strongly to record a near 2L victory.
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