Today’s Round Up
A big day in Racing today with Future Champions on display at Newmarket and the road to Cheltenham very much on the way with day one of the Showcase meeting in Gloucestershire.
Surprisingly it wasn’t the very much anticipated Ivawood headlining the show at Newmarket as the hot pre-race favorite for the Group 1 Middle Park and of course the 2000 Guineas next year as he had to settle for a narrow defeat behind Charming Thought for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. It was a late grab near the line that won the day and incredibly recorded the belated first Group 1 success of the season for the boys in blue in the process. The winner now a general 16/1 chance for the Guineas will have connections dreaming through the winter but the result saw Ivawood drift from 8/1 out to 12/1 with the layers for next May.
It was also joy for the layers and not the punters as Lucida was sent off at 6/5f for the strong looking Dubai Fillies Mile but came up short finishing out the places under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger. The race was won by the fast improving Together Forever under a strong Joseph O’Brien drive for father Aidan O’Brien with Ed Lynam’s Agnes Stewart settling for second place. The winner now enters the Classics picture for next year although the yard currently have a few ahead of her in the ante post markets.
In the Dewhurst there was a taking victory for Belardo, ridden by Andrea Atzeni for trainer Roger Varian who burst through the inside of the pack to win going away from second placed Kodi Bear for Clive Cox. As the misery for the punters continued of course with the slow starting Estidhkaar disappointing favorite backers once again having been sent to the start a drifting 11/8f.
At Cheltenham results also went the way of the bookmakers for the most part but their were strong performances from Court Minstrel who landed the Novices Chase in good style for Evan Williams and The Young Master powered away in a competitive Amateur Riders Handicap Chase for Neil Mullholland.
Sybarite Scores At Cheltenham
Paul Nicholls was on the scoresheet with Vicente under Sam Twiston-Davies in the opener and it was father Nigel Twiston-Davies who landed the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle with Sybarite giving son Sam a nice double on the day. Double up too for Barry Geraghty when he steered home hot pot favorite Commissioned for John Ferguson to follow teaming up with The Romford Pele for Rebecca Curtis who landed the second novice chase on the card.
Photos – PA Wire / David Davies / Adam Davy
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