For­ward tilt grabs Mo­ment

The Sunday Times - - SPORT - JOHN ELSEGOOD

CON­SIS­TENT gal­loper Our Finest Mo­ment made it three wins from his last five starts with a com­fort­able win in the Lavazza Hand­i­cap (1650m) at Bel­mont yes­ter­day.

Told by his trainer Raquel Williams to go for­ward from the out­side bar­rier, ap­pren­tice Fred W. Ker­s­ley did just that, to slot in per­fectly to fourth po­si­tion, one off the fence af­ter 200m.

Later, the horse raced alone in fifth, un­til the turn, be­fore Ker­s­ley pow­ered him home, down the out­side, to win by 13⁄4 lengths from Pushin’ Shapes with Pinzu claim­ing third, af­ter com­ing from last on the turn.

Our Finest Mo­ment, who has not fin­ished fur­ther back than sec­ond in this cam­paign, turned the ta­bles on Pinzu af­ter their clash on Septem­ber 16. On that oc­ca­sion he had 1kg more weight but yes­ter­day met him with 3kg less — a de­ci­sive edge.

Williams said she would prob­a­bly give her gal­loper a short let-up.

Our Finest Mo­ment has now recorded seven wins and 10 places from 29 starts.

In the first race (1400m), Pat Car­bery fin­ished in a sim­i­lar pow­er­ful fash­ion, from mid­field, on­board Sov­er­eign Trade.

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