Elsworth rues lost Clas­sic op­por­tu­nity

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

David Elsworth was kick­ing him­self for hav­ing given Desert Sky­line ‘the snip’ af­ter the geld­ing, sent off the 2-1 favourite, won yes­ter­day’s Don­caster Cup. Had the three-yearold still been en­tire he would have run in to­day’s St Leger but, like all Bri­tish Clas­sics, it is not open to geld­ings.

Al­though Elsworth of­fered him­self up for a trans­plant – “I’ve no fur­ther use for them,” ex­plained the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian trainer – all the ma­jor cup races are open to geld­ings, in­clud­ing the As­cot Gold Cup, so he can spare him­self the anaes­thetic.

“It’s not like driv­ing a car around the M25 and you just pull him out and go! He had to dig deep and al­though he’s still im­ma­ture he’s tough. I don’t know why geld­ings can’t run in the Derby and Leger – I know there are breed­ing im­pli­ca­tions but you want to know which the best horse is,” said Elsworth.

At the other end of the speed spec­trum Heartache and Ha­vana Grey, two ex­tremely quick ju­ve­niles, fought out a ter­rific fin­ish to the Fly­ing Childers with Clive Cox’s filly Heartache fin­ish­ing half-alength in front of the colt, with a yawn­ing gap back to the third. Cox stated that she may head for the Cheve­ley Park Stakes now.

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