Betfair Huxley Stakes
|Group 3, Chester 14:40
1m 2f 75y, Class 1
|Thursday 7th May 2015|
1 Maverick Wave 4/1
2 Cannock Chase 6/4f
3 Air Pilot 2/1
NR: Fattsota, Grandeur (IRE)
5 ran Distances: ½l, nk, 1l
TIME 2m 15.33s (slow by 7.43s)
Maverick Wave makes every yard to win the Betfair Huxley Stakes under William Buick for John Gosden
"Something at Ascot would now have to be considered," says Buick
William Buick set off at a good clip on John Gosden's 4-1 chance, before stacking up his rivals down the back straight.
Ryan Moore seemed to have every move covered on the 6-4 favourite Cannock Chase, however, and with Air Pilot seemingly not totally at ease around the tight circuit, punters looked set to collect on the market leader.
For a few strides Cannock Chase got in front, but Maverick Wave battled back to win by half a length, with Air Pilot eventually staying on well to claim third.
Buick said: "He's great this horse, John said to get out in front and he'll keep finding.
"He's very tough and we've always thought a bit of him, he's finally getting his act together.
"The ground suited him and the track suits him, too. This is his trip.
"I think we got it right in front. The second came past us and then we came back.
"John has brought this horse along nicely and he's going from strength to strength.
"We've probably found the key to him now by going from the front. I'm sure there's more to come from this horse.
"I don't know how far he'll go. With things in his favour he could go a lot further.
"Something at Ascot will have to be considered."
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for Saeed Suhail who owns Cannock Chase, said: "He got to the front and I was hoping he would go away from them, but on that ground he was only ever going to win by half a length anyway. Then they came back at him.
"The ground was a bit testing for him.
"We'd like to go to Royal Ascot, but we'll see."
Ralph Beckett said of Air Pilot: "He ran well, but didn't travel as well as he can. Perhaps the track didn't suit him quite as well as Newmarket and Newbury did last year, so I would put it down to that.
"We'll see how we feel about plans, including the Curragh. It wasn't a bad run, he was only beaten less a length."
Betfair Huxley Stakes
(For The Tradesman's Cup) (Group 3)
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 2f 75y, Class 1
|Pos||Draw||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(4)||Maverick Wave (USA) 4/1||W Buick
|J H M Gosden||4|
|2nd||(1)||½||Cannock Chase (USA) 6/4f||R L Moore
|Sir Michael Stoute||4|
|3rd||(5)||nk||Air Pilot 2/1||R Kingscote
|R M Beckett||6|
|4th||(3)||1||Gabrial (IRE) 16/1||J P Spencer
|R A Fahey||6|
|5th||(7)||7||Windhoek 8/1||James Doyle
|S bin Suroor||5|
|NR||(6)||Fattsota 8/1||D Tudhope
|NR||(2)||Grandeur (IRE) 8/1||L Dettori