Cup Day - stable review
While Cup Day 2015 promised a lot, it was unfortnately not our day on the track with a couple of nice placings the best return from the day.
Art Critic went a super race in Race 2. After getting back from her second line draw, she went around the field at the 1400m, momentarily breezing before getting a nice trip in the one-one. She managed to clear traffic from the 300m, running home resolutely for a very good third behind a very impressive Lighning Mach.
Uncas did his cause no good at all with an early break in the feature trot. He was back thereafter coming at the tailend of the field.
While there was high hopes' in the Sires Stakes, especially with Franco Cristiano, his chances were all but gone as he broke shortly after the mobile despatch. While he did get down pacing again, he was never a chance finishing a very disappointing last place. His stablemate Bite The Bullet went a super race. In what was a great drive by Gavin Smith, he trailled three back, before pushing off into the one-one from the 700m. According to Gavin he, "was really travelling coming to the turn," and was confident that he would run in the first three. However, he peaked on his run over the last 200m, coming in a commendable 6th, just seven lengths off the impressive Lazarus.
Bite The Bullet ran a commendable 6th in the Sires Stakes final
Living Legend was the best of the three stable runners in Race 8. After being unsettled at the start early, he got away on terms with the field. He faced the breeze for 800m before taking the lead off stablemate Return To Sender from the 1200m. He relinquished the lead at the 600m as favourite Benicio boomed round the field to the top. He came out of the trail at the 200m, battling strongly in the straight for his 3rd placing after doing plenty of work in the running. Return To Sender was only a battling run for 7th after having enjoyed a good trip, while The Royal Garden lost all chance at the start. "One of them was playing up at the start and when they finally let them go, my fella was on the wrong leg," reflected Dexter. He did well in the end to finish just 12 lengths from the winner Benicio.
The race directly before the cup was Race 9. Mr Meddle went forward early to the breeze spot, giving stablemate Cullect A Guinness a nice one-one tow. However, with the frenetic pace set up front by pacemaker and eventual winner Maverick, Mr Meddle's run began to flag from the 600m. Cullect A Guinness was badly affected by this, being dragged back at a crucial time, while Mach Cruiser which had been well back throughout was looking to clear traffic. Both Cullect A Guinness and Mach Cruiser made up ground in the straight for 6th and 7th respectively. Mach Cruiser now drops back to C3 where he should quickly prove more competitive.
Onto the cup and No Doctor Needed. He stepped well from his inside draw and was soon able to push off into a one out position. In a three back spot with a lap to go he was soon five back as first Sky Major and then Smolda made their moves. At the half mile he was seven-eight lengths off leader Arden Rooney and at the end he had probably cut into this margin. With the last mile run in 1.55 and the last 800m in 55 he has finished off the two miles strongly beaten seven lengths. He will be better for the experience and will surely be back again in 2016.
The day for the stable finished with Little Rascal running a strong third in the last race behind the Pudon/Rasmussen pair of Motu Premier and Piccadilly Princess. He had to work hard to lead and when challenged turning for home fought hard narrowly missing second. Music blew his chances at the the 1000m with a break, while Donegal Jimmy Dave had too much ground to make up after getting back, forced to come wide with his run.
Posted: Wed 11 Nov 2015