Newbury: Too easy for Toocoolforschool in Mill Reef
Toocoolforschool had way too much for his rivals as he bolted up in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. Trained by Karl Burke, the Showcasing gelding’s task was made much easier earlier in the day with the withdrawal of likely favourite Limato, but the ease in which he trounced the opposition suggests it might not have made any difference either way.
The winning distance in the end was seven lengths in the end, with Burke’s charge making all under Silvestre de Sousa and simply galloping his rivals into submission. Toocoolforschool, a maiden winner at Ripon in August, had gone on to finish a close second to subsequent Group 1 placed Dutch Connection in the Acomb Stakes at York and was last seen going close again in a Listed contest at Doncaster.
He has obviously come on a great deal in recent months and having been sent to the front by de Sousa early, would not see another rival as he romped home in the rain softened ground.
Trainer Burke said: “The ground has played a factor in the winning distance, but we weren’t sure he’d even handle it.
“My inclination would be to put him away for the season, although I’ll be surprised if the phone doesn’t ring with offers from abroad for him. As you know, money talks.
“There was a bid for him from Hong Kong after the Acomb, but there was a small issue with the vet and it fell through.
“I’ve always known he has a lot of ability, and also that he was saving a bit for himself, which is why I put cheekpieces on. He’s obviously a high-class horse.
“We’ve done really well with our two-year-old colts – 14 of the 15 we have have already won.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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