Beacon benefits in dramatic Childers
Beacon was a fortuitous winner of the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster, taking advantage of a strange finish where nailed on winner Cotai Glory jinked badly before the line unseating George Baker and throwing away the 5 furlong contest worth nearly £40,000 to the winner.
Cotai Glory, winner of the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood last time, had shot out of the gates and went straight to the front of the field under Baker. That is where he would stay throughout, travelling strongly and eventually pulling clear inside the final furlong. Drama was ahead though for Charlie Hills’ charge. He jinked badly to his right out of nowhere with just yards to go, leaving Baker with no chance of staying unboard.
Beacon, who had run a decent race in the Gimcrack last time, had struggled to go with the pace early on, but stayed on stoutly to just get up on the line to beat 50/1 shot Astrophysics by just a head. Irish raider Accepted was back in third.
A dejected Baker said afterwards: “I was lugging right when I had the race won, but something must have caught his vision.
“The saddle went slightly – it’s so annoying but it’s just one of those things.”
Hills said: “The horse is absolutely fine and we’re obviously a bit distraught. If George had managed (to stay on) another four strides he’d have been all right, but the horse is very quick, you can’t take anything away from him.
“He’s got his quirks. It’s a hard one to swallow, but he’s a good horse and we live to fight another day.”
Winning jockey Buick said: “I’m glad George is up and walking.
“We got outpaced early so we were an awful long way back, but he had a huge finish.
“We were lucky to win, no doubt about it, but then again, if we’d have been second, we’d have been unlucky.
“He’s a good little horse and just getting his toe in probably suited him as well.
“He’s obviously thought highly of in the Hannon camp.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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