SDS trebles up at Epsom
Silvestre De Sousa completed the second leg of a 319-1 treble on Ladies’ Day at Epsom on Mick Channon’s Gratzie in the Investec Mile.
Andrew Balding’s Merry Me looked all over the winner inside the final 100 yards but 7-1 shot Gratzie stuck gamely to her task and won by a neck to make it three wins from four at Epsom.
De Sousa said: “She is very tough and genuine. I was travelling well although a bit wide. She came down the hill well and I didn’t have to move a muscle until three out. I let the others kick first and then chased after them.
The Brazilian took the opener, the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, on David Elsworth’s 9-1 shot Arabian Queen. The three-year-old filly, by Dubawi out of Elsworth’s former star mare Barshiba, bounded out
into the lead from stall one and was never headed as she fairly bolted up for owner Jeff Smith.
Tom Dascombe’s Crowley’s Law was second with 5-2 favourite Odeliz third for Karl Burke.
Smith said: “This is a great training performance because ever since the Cherry Hinton (now the Duchess of Cambridge), she has had problem after problem with sickness. In the end we had to give her a sinus operation, which is very messy, but David has got her back in the form she was for the Cherry Hinton. We were desperately disappointed last year when she didn’t go on. Next stop is the Coronation Stakes.”
De Sousa made it a treble on the day in the last, the Investec Specialist Bank Handicap, as he won easily on 3-1 favourite Al Bandar to give Simon Crisford his first Epsom winner as a trainer. There was a hint of interference as Al Bandar came from last to first around the outside and cut across his rivals, but it was an emphatic victory for the son of Monsieur Bond.
Eddy Greatrex achieved the biggest win of his short career so far when he booted home Andrew Balding’s Elbereth in the Investment Wealth and Management Stakes at 16-1.
The 16-year-old son of jumps trainer Warren Greatrex was having his first ride around Epsom but he used his seven-pound claim to good effect as Elbereth won by a neck from Fire Fighting with another Mark Johnston inmate, Master Of Finance, a length further back in third.
Greatrex said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win here in front of a big crowd and for the boss. She jumped really well and got a nice position on the rails. The gaps opened in the straight and she went there on her own. She took a false step at the top of Tattenham Corner but she was fine after a couple of strides and went on to win.
“I’ve never ridden around a track quite like third – it’s unique and to ride a winner here feels very unique.”
Rory Jiwani, 5th June 2015
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