Seismos outstays Geoffrey Freer rivals
The Marco Botti trained Seismos caused a minor upset to take the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, in what was a warm up run for a possible trip to Australia later in the Season for most of the eleven runners.
The winner, having just his third start for Botti here having spent his career in Germany under the care of Andreas Wohler, was sent off a general 11/1 chance for the 1m 5f contest, despite putting in a fine effort in a Group 2 in France last time. The 6yo has stayed as far as 2m 4f in the past and he would have to call on all of his stamina reserves to outstay some talented rivals here under a barnstorming ride from Martin Harley.
Harley had found plenty of cover for his charge early, tracking a decent pace being set by Coral-Eclipse 3rd Somewhat for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning. Seismos would make a move to track the leader soon but inside the last half mile, Harley was hard at work to keep his charge up to his work.
He would eventually begin to get some help from his partner, with the pair beginning to stay on stoutly in the closing stages, eventually reeling in Willing Foe, who had run a massive race after over 450 days off the track. Seal Of Approval finished third having also stayed on late, with Red Cadeaux, a two time Melbourne Cup runner-up, back in fourth having been short of room at the furlong pole.
Mario Baratti, assistant to winning trainer Botti said: “He’s a strong horse, a fighter and he needs them to go a good pace. He had good form in Germany and he’s stayed well.”
Whether or not Seismos would head to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, Baratti added: “Marco isn’t sure if he stays two miles. Maybe his best is a mile and five, but I’m sure we’ll take him home and plan something.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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