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Third Time Lucky for Credit Swap in Cambridgeshire
02/10/10

1 Credit Swap 14/1
2 Steele Tango 16/1
3 Pires 18/1
4 Sandor 50/1

Credit Swap, who was having his third run in six days, made it a winning one when the 14/1 chance led home his 34 rivals in the totesport Cambridgeshire Handicap.

But the race came almost as an afterthought for trainer Michael Wigham.

“It is unbelievable,” said the delighted trainer, “We train him for this time of year and the consolation race for the Cambridgeshire was the race (run yesterday) we had in mind - we did not think we would get into this and we thought the ground would be too deep for him as he does not get a mile and a quarter.

“He was unlucky at Ascot on Sunday and again here on Thursday. But then the rain did not come and we thought we might as well take our chance in this because he was in great form and one or two of my horses have half-needed their races.The horse is all heart and it is great that something like this can happen to smaller owners.”

Jockey Jim Crowley reported that he did not have a moment’s doubt throughout the race.

“Michael told me to ride him to get the trip as this is as far as he wants to go. The horse settled nicely and was always travelling well. It was just a matter of pressing the button and getting the gaps. And all the gaps came at the right time. He is as tough as old boots, travelled well throughout and really is a super horse.”

“It was the first time I have ridden the horse and he can be a bit keen, so the plan was to drop him out and creep away. He travelled lovely and everything went to plan - he got the gaps and he was always travelling nicely, which was a bit help. I was drawn 33.

“I wanted to stay near the far side and I probably could have but I saw the gap opening. I was just starting the horse rolling and getting his momentum going so I didn’t want to switch him again. He did it really well and that was his third run in nearly a week.

“He went super on the ground and I think that it probably brings out the best in him. It’s tacky ground - what you would call jumping ground. I was third or fourth on Take A Bow and this is a hot race to win - you need a Group horse usually to win it - and he has done it nicely. I was supposed to be going to Epsom but I got switched at the last minute at around about declaration time.”

Credit Switch’s registered owner Your Golf Travel is a partnership of Ross Marshall and Andrew Harding.

They were not at Newmarket to enjoy the victory - Marshall was acting as a best man at a wedding, while Harding, predictably given the name of the company ownership, was at the Ryder Cup.

Anne Marshall, Marshall’s mother, said: “This is wonderful. This horse has run three times in a week - he is just so tough.”

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Credit Swap
M Wigham
Jim Crowley
8st 7lbs
14 - 1
Winner
2
Steele Tango
R A Teal
John Fahy
9st 9lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
3
Pires
A J Martin
W M Lordan
8st 9lbs
18 - 1
1/2 length
4
Sandor
P J Makin
S Drowne
8st 12lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
5
Camerooney
B Ellison
W A Carson
8st 10lbs
100 - 1
1 length
6
Taqleed
J H M Gosden
R Hills
8st 11lbs
8 - 1
1/2 length
7
Jo'burg
J O'Reilly
J D O'Reilly
8st 10lbs
80 - 1
1/2 length
8
Pendragon
B Ellison
R Mullen
8st 9lbs
80 - 1
1 1/2 length
9
Proponent
R Charlton
R L Moore
9st 3lbs
16 - 1
Neck
10
Capponi
M Johnston
J P Murtagh
9st 6lbs
25 - 1
Neck
11
Viva Vettori
D R C Elsworth
Declan Cannon
8st 7lbs
66 - 1
Neck
12
High Twelve
J H M Gosden
F Norton
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
Head
13
Absinthe
W R Swinburn
A Kirby
8st 12lbs
10 - 1
1 length
14
Breakheart
A M Balding
L Keniry
8st 7lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
15
Speed Dating
Sir Mark Prescott
S Donohoe
8st 9lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
16
Circumvent
P F I Cole
T P Queally
9st 9lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
17
Start Right
L M Cumani
K Fallon
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
Neck
18
Ransom Note
B W Hills
M Hills
9st 9lbs
16 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
19
Colepeper
M Johnston
Greg Fairley
8st 13lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
20
Directorship
P R Chamings
N Mackay
8st 6lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
21
The Cayterers
A W Carroll
M Geran
8st 9lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length
22
Set The Trend
A M Balding
J Fortune
9st 6lbs
40 - 1
1 3/4 length
23
Sweet Lightning
M Dods
R Hughes
9st 8lbs
25 - 1
Head
24
Smokey Oakey
M H Tompkins
J Quinn
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
25
Elliptical
G A Butler
C Soumillon
8st 13lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
26
Brunston
R Charlton
Hayley Turner
8st 9lbs
28 - 1
Head
27
Tiger Reigns
M Dods
P Makin
9st 8lbs
50 - 1
6 lengths
28
Nationalism
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 1lbs
7 - 1
Head
29
Dream Lodge
R A Fahey
D P McDonogh
9st 6lbs
100 - 1
1 1/2 length
30
Northern Fling
J S Goldie
Harry Bentley
8st 6lbs
100 - 1
Head
31
Emirates Dream
S bin Suroor
L Dettori
8st 13lbs
12 - 1
2 lengths
32
Tartan Gigha
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 7lbs
66 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
33
Taameer
M P Tregoning
T P O'Shea
9st 10lbs
100 - 1
1 3/4 length
34
Mirrored
T D Easterby
J F Egan
8st 10lbs
80 - 1
3/4 length
35
King Olav
A W Carroll
J Doyle
8st 11lbs
100 - 1
9 lengths
       

 

PLACED CONNECTIONS GIVE THEIR totesport.com CAMBRDIGESHIRE VERDICTS

Steele Tango was unable to overhaul the victorious Credit Swap as the 16/1 shot went down by three quarters of a length in the totesport.com Cambridgeshire.

The five-year-old was the second big-race runner-up of the week for trainer Roger Teale, whose Surrey Star was a short-head second in the Group Three Somerville Tattersall Stakes here on Thursday.

Teale said: “All I get is seconds! He has run a blinder. He loves it here and John (Fahy) has given him a beautiful ride.”

The Tony Martin-trained Pires (18/1) closed late to take third, a further half-length away, under Wayne Lordan, and is now bound for The Open at Cheltenham.

The trainer commented: “All going well, we will go to Cheltenham for the Greatwood Hurdle in mid-November. He’ll mix it through the winter but there’s no point saying where he’ll go long term - he wouldn’t handle real soft jumping ground.

“He’s shown us that he’s good enough for good Flat handicaps and we’ll look at Royal Ascot, so we’ve got next year to look forward to.”

Sandor was another length back in fourth at 50/1 for trainer Peter Makin and jockey Steve Drowne.

Makin said: “It was a fantastic race from a bad draw and he hated the ground. On firmer ground I think we would have been a bit closer. He’s quite a hardy horse and we might look to run him again before the end of the season.”

 

TRAINER JOHN GOSDEN REPORTS ON HIS THREE RUNNERS IN THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Trainer John Gosden had three runners in the Cambridgeshire: Taqleed who finished sixth, High Twelve who came home in 12th, and 7-1 favourite Nationalism, who finished 28th of 35 runners.

“I was delighted with Taqleed - he ran a nice race and was just found out by a lack of experience,” said Gosden.

“High Twelve was running a great race until he was practically knocked over and creamed at the furlong pole. I see suspensions have already been handed out.

“Nationalism had no chance from his draw in three. Currently, if you are drawn in 1,2,3 or 4 here you might as well stay at home as you have no chance. The winner came from draw 33, which I think tells its own story.”

Unfortunately for Gosden the horse that knocked over the Franny Norton-ridden High Twelve was Taqleed, who was ridden by Richard Hills. High Twelve, in turn, interfered with Pendragon, who was ridden by Richard Mullen.

Hills was found in breach of Rule (B) 54.1 and guilty of careless riding for allowing Taqleed to drift left away from his whip. Hills has been suspended for two days on Sunday, October 17 and Monday, October 18.

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