Wednesday Review (22/04/09)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Debussy was cut to 20/1 for the Epsom Derby after his comfortable victory in the Blue Riband Trial. Supplemented for the Derby, the lightly raced Debussy will have benefited for a run over the course as the son of Diesis quickened up to beat to the filly Midday.
John Gosden and stable jockey Jimmy Fortune went on to complete a double in the 10f handicap as Duncan pulled over 2L’s clear of the chasing pack headed by Lake Poet.
The Andrew Balding-trained Hatton Flight remains on an upward curve having won his seventh race in eleven starts by winning the ultra-competitive Great Metropolitan by just over a length. Perfectly poised behind the leaders, Hatton Flight was unleashed by William Buick after the two pole and stayed on strongly.
In a typically open 5F sprint at Epsom the Alan Munro-ridden Fathom Five proved too quick for his rivals grinding out a victory by less than a length from Wotashirtful and Indian Trail while Bothy and Lady Francesca took charge of the Britaniacrest Recycling Maiden with the former just getting the better of a head bob.
In the finale the 10/1 shot River Captain proved too good to win by 3 ½ L’s from Wilbury Star and top weight Midnight In May.
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