Unibet Golden Mile
|Heritage Handicap 15:00
3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
|Friday 2nd August 2019
1 Beat Le Bon 17/2
2 Vale Of Kent 25/1
3 Escobar 10/1
4 Seniority 10/1
20 ran Distances: 1l, 1l, 2½l
Time: 1m 35.28s (fast by 0.92s)
Beat The Bon's victory at 17/2 in the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap gave trainer Richard Hannon the second leg of a 122.5/1 double, following Billesdon Brook's success in the opening G3 Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes.
The three-year-old Wootton Bassett colt, ridden by Pat Dobbs, broke the course record for a mile in 1min 35.28s - the second record set this afternoon after Billesdon Brook
took the seven-furlong record. He finished a length ahead of 25/1 chance Vale Of Kent.
Hannon said: " He got the mile lovely and Pat suits him. You have got to give a lot of credit to [former Jump jockey] Timmy Murphy, who is a big man riding out in a lot of outfits. He is a little bit different, he got this horse to relax and, now he is relaxed, I would say that he would get a Gold Cup trip. He obviously won't, but Timmy gets them switched off.
"I don't know where Dobbsy was going up the inside but he won very well. I have always told [owners] Jared Sullivan and Charlie Noell that I thought that he was a good horse, but they said 'don't give us that flannel!' They are going to have to take it back now because I am right and they are wrong for a change.
"He is entered in the Celebration Mile
[G2, Goodwood, August 24] and I think it will be something like that. I definitely think handicaps are over now and he is a lovely horse for next year
"Ross Doyle bought him as a yearling in Deauville and always talked a lot about him and how good he is, and slowly he's starting to look like that horse."
Winning rider Pat Dobbs said: "Timmy Murphy rides him at home and he's done a brilliant job. He's switched him right off and he's all the better for it. He was very keen at home and now he's the opposite, and he's filling out because he's enjoying his training more and getting better in his head.
"Richard doesn't get stuck into him and lets Timmy tip away with him. He's a horse who needs keeping sweet. And he doesn't need much work."
Dobbs added: "I didn't have much option from where I was drawn. I was following Tom Marquand but he was on and off the bridle, so I didn't want to follow him for much longer. I went to go earlier and the gap closed a little bit but, once it opened up, he quickened up super.
"I think Ryan came and tightened up Andrea as I went by but my horse showed a great turn of foot. That is the best he has felt, so he is obviously on the way up.
"I always said to Richard that he wanted a mile. The last day at Haydock, he switched off a bit too well with me and I got a bit too far back but he did well to get me out of trouble and get up and win.
"He's got a serious turn of foot and got me there in five strides. He's obviously improving. I won a £100,000 handicap on him six weeks ago, so he's been good to me."
Golden Mile (Heritage Handicap)
POS (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (03) Beat Le Bon 3 8-13 3ex Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 17/2
£150,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
Going: Good to Firm
2 (17) 1 Vale Of Kent 4 9-3 3ex Mark Johnston Franny Norton 25/1
3 (12) 1 Escobar 5 9-3 3ex David O'Meara Jamie Spencer 10/1
4 (11) 2½ Seniority 5 9-3 William Haggas Ryan Moore 10/1
5 (06) ¾ Baltic Baron 4 8-13 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 16/1
6 (09) hd Mojito 5 9-6 3ex William Haggas Frankie Dettori 100/30F
7 (21) ½ Gossiping 7 8-13 Gary Moore Shane Kelly 25/1
8 (08) shd Original Choice 5 9-1 Nick Littmoden Silvestre De Sousa 40/1
9 (01) 1¾ Game Player 4 8-11 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 15/2
10 (04) ¾ War Glory 6 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 66/1
11 (02) ½ What's The Story 5 9-2 Keith Dalgleish Tom Marquand 12/1
12 (14) ¾ Afaak 5 9-10 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 16/1
13 (20) shd Key Victory 4 9-5 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 33/1
14 (13) nk History Writer 4 8-13 David Menuisier P J McDonald 33/1
15 (19) 1¼ Dark Vision 3 8-12 Mark Johnston Oisin Murphy 8/1
16 (10) shd So Beloved 9 9-6 David O'Meara Gerald Mosse 33/1
17 (07) 2¼ Zhui Feng 6 9-3 Amanda Perrett Martin Dwyer 33/1
18 (18) 1 Clon Coulis 5 9-5 David Barron Ben Curtis 33/1
19 (16) nse Indeed 4 9-5 3ex Dominic Ffrench Davis Liam Keniry 7/1
20 (15) 2½ Lush Life 4 8-10 Jamie Osborne 47 Nicola Currie 50/1