De Rigeur lands Old Newton Cup
De Rigeur stayed on gamely to take the coveted Old Newton Cup at Haydock, giving Andrea Atzeni some compensation having missed out on the ride on Kingston Hill in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown, to get the leg up on Marco Botti’s charge. It was actually a fantastic riding performance by Atzeni, as he brought the 6yo from last to first in the 1m 4f handicap, ducking an weaving through traffic before finding himself in the clear.
Botti’s charge had warmed up for this with a fine victory at Newmarket last time in May and the short break seems to have freshened him up plenty as he dug deep into his stamina reserves to see off Pallasator by just a neck. James Fanshawe’s Magic Hurricane was a further 3/4 lengths back in third.
Botti said: “We didn’t run him in the Northumberland Plate last week because the ground was too fast and luckily conditions have come right for him.
“I thought it was a very good performance. Andrea said the ground has dried out a bit, he was feeling it and for that reason he didn’t travel as well as he usually does.
“He’s a horse that doesn’t want to hit the front too soon and he doesn’t win by far, but he finished off his race well and we’re delighted.
“A race like the Ebor could be target for him. He’s well handicapped but we’ll see how much he goes up after today.
“The Cesarewitch could be another race for him at the end of the season, but it all depends on the ground. He stays well and when he gets some cut in the ground he’s a good horse.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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