The ‘Good Thing’ Comes Good
1 (30) Darley Sun 9/2 (F)
Darley Sun was the proverbial ‘good thing’ in the £160,000 totesport.com Cesarewitch and unlike many before him, he lived up that billing with an impressive five-length victory to reward those who had supported the 9/2 favourite.
The first three-year-old to score since Spirit Of Love in 1998, Darley Sun came into the race on the back of a second place in the Group Two Doncaster Cup and carrying just 8st 9lb today, minus apprentice Andrea Atzeni’s 3lb allowance, was always travelling well and came with a strong run to overhaul Sereth, while Mamlook stayed on late to take second place.
Successful trainer David Simcock said: “He stays extremely well, that is his greatest asset, and when he saw daylight today he stayed on really well.
“We knew all the positives in our favour today. He has travelled well today and is a good-actioned horse. That was a nice way to finish the season. All I have been thinking about in the last five days is the things that can go wrong.
“While he is not a big or robust horse, he has good wind and will fill out over the winter. He is a very straightforward horse to train.
“Next season he will be aimed at the Cup races with the Ascot Gold Cup as his ultimate target. He will go into those race unpenalised. He stays well, but just has that bit of toe as well. He lengthened today and was not stopping. We have always known that he wants extremes of distance.
“He is a typical young stayer and has progressed with racing and experience. He is a very confident horse now. It is nice to have something to look forward to next year. You need that.
”The jockey is very good - I wanted a jockey who could do the weight. It is massively important. It is our sixth year - the first three years were very quiet and we have progressed in the last three years - we need a high-profile winner like this. We have some horses and hopefully this will take us another step further.”
Andrea Atzeni added: “He gave me such a confident feeling all the way today and is such a strong horse. He will be a lovely horse for next year.
“I tried to switch him to the left, but he didn’t want to go, so we went right instead and it has all worked out.”
PIPE DEPUTISES AT FLAT RACING’S HQ AS MAMLOOK GIVES TEAM ANOTHER GOOD DAY OUT
Martin Pipe and Peter Deal are more familiar with the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham but they were delighted to be filling the runner-up spot at Newmarket courtesy of the tough Mamlook, who attempted to reel in the runaway winner Darley Sun.
“That was fantastic, he did really well. We’re all pleased. Richard (Hughes) gave him a good ride and he stayed on really well,” said Martin Pipe, representing his son David.
“He’ll go jumping now but David hasn’t given me my instructions,” he joked. “We’ve had some great days out with him. The boss is at Cheltenham so he sent me here.”
Pipe, who has won the totesport.com Cesarewitch twice with Heros Fatal and Miss Fara, also saddled Royale Rationale and Raslan, who finished 17th and 27th respectively.
Barney Curley, who trains just a stone’s throw from the Rowley Mile on Newmarket’s Hamilton Road, was responsible for third horse home, the 16/1 shot Sereth.
“I’m very happy with him, he ran well. It was a good effort and I’ve no complaints,” said Curley.
TREGONING A FRACTION DISAPPOINTED, SARISKA WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR, GOSDEN DUO RUN OUT OF STAMINA
Mawatheeq went close to giving the combination of owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer Marcus Tregoning and jockey Richard Hills a second Emirates Airline Champion Stakes victory, but although the Danzig colt finished well, he was unable to peg back Twice Over and went down by half a length. Richard Hills lodged an objection, on the basis that Twice Over’s rider Tom Queally had taken his ground, but this was overruled by the stewards.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning, who saddled Nayef to victory in 2001, said: “I am a fraction disappointed as I thought we would win.
“Having said that he has run a cracking race. He just got a bit outpaced and maybe wasn’t suited by the undulating course. I think he may be better over 12 furlongs.
“He was finishing best of all, but the winner had flown by then. He stays in training next year.”
Back in third, beaten a further length, was Sariska, winner of both the Epsom and Irish Oaks, and her trainer Michael Bell was happy enough.
The master of Fitzroy House said: “I am chuffed to bits as today wasn’t her trip or her ground.
“She is best with some give in the ground and over 12 furlongs as her victory in the Irish Oaks showed. Conditions have just not been in her favour this autumn.
“I think next year when she races back over 12 furlongs on her ground, she will be hard to beat in any race and we will look at races like the Coronation Cup and King George.
“I am very proud of her.”
John Gosden saddled both the fourth Pipedreamer and Virtual, who came home eighth.
He said: “Pipedreamer ran a blinder as 10 furlongs is just a shade too far for him. He won the Cambridgeshire here over nine furlongs and that is his perfect trip. His stamina just ran out today.
“Virtual also ran well. It was an end to end gallop today and his stamina is just stretched over 10 furlongs as well. He was the last horse off the bridle but just doesn’t quite see out the trip.”
PEARCE EYES CESAREWITCH 2010 FOR GAME MARE DAYIA
Newmarket trainer Jeff Pearce has a long-term plan for Dayia, who finished fourth in today’s totesport.com Cesarewitch - the 2010 version.
Pearce said: “I’m absolutely delighted and if we had soft ground, or good to soft, we would have been very close. I doubt we would have beaten the winner [Darley Sun] - I think he’s a Group horse - but we would have been a good second.
“I can’t fault my mare and we’re all delighted. The Racing Post [Spotlight] form guide says she’s never run over two miles, but she’s won bumpers at Huntingdon and Sandown over that trip.
“She won’t go jumping, although we might keep that one up our sleeve. Her owner, Lady Green, will breed from her one day, but we’ll come back here next year and have another go at this race - and might win if it’s soft.
“I’ll look for another race for her this season - she had a long break during the summer because of firm ground.”
Pearce has enjoyed a good year with 28 victories on turf and the all-weather, bettering his 2008 total by one, and he said: “We’d like to take Tamagin [a Goodwood Listed winner this season and also second in the Group 2 Diadem Stakes] to Hong Kong for the big sprint if he gets an invitation.”
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