Keane’s first Good­wood win brings con­so­la­tion for quar­an­tine

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage

Colin Keane, the Ir­ish jockey who will have to sit out the next two weeks while he quarantine­s af­ter com­ing over to ride Siskin, third in yes­ter­day’s Qatar Sus­sex Stakes, did not, at least, re­turn home emp­ty­handed, af­ter he rode Steel Bull to vic­tory in the Markel In­surance Mole­comb Stakes. It was his first Good­wood win­ner.

Trained in Ire­land by Michael O’Cal­laghan and owned by him, the colt, who had made an eye-catch­ing win­ning de­but at Naas last week, ap­peared to have a wall of horses in front of him but a fur­long out he was poised and he went on to catch and pass Ben Mac­dui and win by three-quar­ters of a length. O’Cal­laghan watched the race back home on the Cur­ragh, although not with any great suc­cess. His in­ter­net dropped out on the com­puter he was view­ing it on and he had to make do with the re­play.

“He’s done it very, very well and we have a nice horse on our hands,” he said. “We had a bit of in­ter­est in him af­ter he won his maiden but at the end of the day it was a five fur­long maiden and we had to prove he could do some­thing like that.

“I don’t own all of him my­self. I own him with my fa­ther and another man called John Flem­ing. They let me go and buy them and luck­ily we’ve found another good one.”

Keane said: “He showed a good turn of foot. He puts his head down and tries. I imagine he’ll keep pro­gress­ing. I think he’d get an ex­tra fur­long be­cause he set­tles. I had to wait but the lads said he had a turn of foot and that was what I was hop­ing for.”

Good­wood’s long­est race, the Uni­bet You’re On Handicap, went nar­rowly to 25-1 chance Just Hu­bert. Ev­ery jour­nal­ist who went to Wil­liam Muir’s to write up the trainer be­fore he ran Pyledriver in the Derby, came away tip­ping the horse for New­cas­tle’s Town Plate but with noth­ing to show for it bar­ring dis­ap­point­ment.

“I think it just takes three runs to get him ready,” said the trainer af­ter the geld­ing had re­deemed him­self yes­ter­day. “First time out last year I was telling the owner he was a good horse and he ran rub­bish at Bath. He ran bet­ter at Ch­ester but got stopped ev­ery­where and then we went to New­bury and Ker­rin McEvoy got off and said he’d be a re­ally de­cent horse if we gelded him.

“If you see him the way he races, on and off the bri­dle, he never over­does him­self. I think he’d get three miles. He has won a neck so the hand­i­cap­per can’t hurt us too much but I don’t think it mat­ters about the com­pany, when his mind is right he could com­pete in what­ever stay­ing race there is.”

Charge: Steel Bull (left), rid­den by Colin Keane, on the way to vic­tory at Good­wood

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