Dino Saurs To Cup Victory
Karl Burke trained his first winner of the historic Old Newton Cup at Haydock on Saturday as Kelly’s Dino romped home under Ben Curtis bearing a decent field in the process.
Sent off at 14-1 the 6yo gelding took up the running two furlongs out and kept up the pace to easily hold Lucius Tiberius comfortably by a length with Epaulement and Indianapolis behind them.
After this Karl Burke said that the Ebor is the race they would love to get him in and he also holds an entry in a race at the big Newmarket next week, all his middle distance wins have come at 1m4f though and he has looked a non stayer over further, most notably when at Musselburgh on Easter Saturday but with a big pot on offer at the Knavesmire it is worth having a go to see what happens.
Lucius Tiberius seemed to benefit from new front running tactics under Brett Doyle so these look set to be used in the future, although it is a surprise to see an ex Ballydoyle horse in Godolphin colours he does look like he will bag a nice prize soon.
First Eleven and AlcMuffrih the two market leaders both slipped around the home turn which cost them any chance but both had tricky positions to overcome.
Another Oaks For Gosden
John Gosden may have been a little pre occupied down at Sandown but know doubt he enjoyed seeing Dane O’Neill just get the edge in a thrilling finish to the feature Group race on the card, the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and overtaking the late Sir Henry Cecil’s seven winners of this race in the process.
Of the six who took part, five of them had one point separating them on the official ratings but Enbihaar was able to reverse form with Dramatic Queen after their previous battle at York back in May whilst also appreciating the drop back to 1m4f which she won over on her seasonal debut at Goodwood, both could have a third face off at Glorious Goodwood in the Lillie Langtree Stakes although Enbihaar might take in the Yorkshire Oaks should Enable take in the International at York.
Last months Pinnacle winner Klassique couldn’t quite land a blow but the quicker conditions might not have helped compared to the heavy when she ran that day.
Best Of The Rest
Mark Johnston picked up the first race of the afternoon although with four of the seven runners in the 3yo stayers handicap over 1m6f it wasn’t that much of a shock as Sir Ron Priestley landed his second course win here beating another course winner, Mind The Crack by half a length.
York’s Melrose is under the eye of the Master of Middleham after that and this rapidly improving stayer would have as good a chance as any in what is always one of the Ebor meetings toughest races.
Elsewhere Danzeno continued his good form at the age of 8 by landing the 6f Conditions Stakes, third in last months Wokingham at Royal Ascot this will have done him the world of good and he looks set for a return to bigger company next time out.