Saturday Review (21/03/09)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
The class act Scintillo has blossomed for a break winning his second race within four days and to cap it all it was the Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield Park. Never far away, Scintillo was produced perfectly by Richard Hughes to get first run on the well supported Premio Loco who may have won but for just hanging left handed, going down by only a nose.
The Clive Brittain trained 3 yr old filly Nashmiah seems to have wintered well as she put a decent field in there place in the £60,000 listed Spring Cup. Having tracked the pace-setters, Jamie Spencer asked his willing partner to go about her business entering the final furlong putting nearly 3L’s between herself and the favourite Elnawin, who in his own right ran well considering he was giving the winner 9lb. Certain to be tried against much better in the 2009 campaign, at least we know she still retains ability.
Despite covering more ground than the rest of the field in the 5F Hever Sprint Listed Stakes the Neil Callan ridden Arganil had enough in reserve to run down the leader Judge’n Jury with the eventual second Judd Street in tow.
On a track that doesn’t really suit front runners both maidens were won by horses making all, the John Gosden trained Debussy justified short odds, crushing his seven opponents by 9L’s in the hands of Ryan Moore, then in the last the Michael Hills ridden Legislate stayed on well just to get the better of the odds on favourite Jesse James as the front two pulled clear of the third.
The Ian Semple trained Abbondanza was another to defy the track bias making all in the hands of the canny Tom Eaves to beat the one pace Red Somerset by 1/2 L.
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