Thursday Review (23/04/09)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Robert Winston took riding honours with a 35/1 double in the two feature races at Southwell. Onemoreandstay, a lightly raced 4 yr old, stayed on well under pressure to beat Rawdon by a length and that was followed by the Brian Baugh-trained Hilbre Court grinding out a neck victory over the Barataria as the front two edged away from the 5/2 favourite Street Devil.
The Hughie Morrison-trained Miss Glitters, despite pulling hard, earlier proved too good for her rivals in the opening 7F maiden. Building on a decent debut the daughter of Chevalier quickened up nicely for Steve Drowne to beat the short priced favourite Oskari by a comfortable 5L’s.
The Alan Bailey-trained Imprimis Tagula made it back-to-back wins with a hard fought victory over Swinbrook in the Dine In The Queen Mother Restaurant Claiming Stakes. Benefiting from his rider’s 7lb claim the consistent 5 yr old, under a strong drive, edged just over a length clear at the line.
Having made smooth headway to join the leaders Punching needed every assistance from Liam Keniry to overhaul Tiger Dream and Ancient Cross inside the final furlong to win by ¾ l and a head. Bouncing back from a bellow par effort, Punching seems to have that right kind of attitude and could follow up under a penalty if placed right.
The Brian Smart-trained Postman delivered for punters in the last as the unexposed gelding, that had shown little in four previous starts, ran right away from the 15/8 favourite Miss Cameo.
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