Elsworth rues lost Classic opportunity
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.