Spice in dash for third-straight win

The Racing Paper - - Tv Races And News - By Paul Adams

DAVID Elsworth is not con­cerned about Dash Of Spice drop­ping back in dis­tance as he bids to fol­low up vic­to­ries at Ep­som and Royal As­cot in the 59th John Smith’s Cup at York this af­ter­noon.

The pro­gres­sive fouryear-old bolted up by six lengths at the Sur­rey track on Derby day and then ran out an em­phatic win­ner of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Hand­i­cap at the Royal meet­ing.

Dash Of Spice showed a de­ci­sive turn of foot in the fi­nal quarter-mile of both races to stamp his author­ity on mat­ters and sug­gest this ex­tended 10 fur­longs will not pose a prob­lem.

And the Jeff Smithowned run­ner did win over a mile and a quarter in De­cem­ber, al­beit in a maiden at Lingfield.

“He is at a pro­gres­sive stage of his ca­reer – he’s im­proved the last cou­ple of runs,” said Elsworth. “This is a drop back in trip of course. It was a mile and a half at Ep­som and As­cot.

“But he has got plenty of abil­ity to win over a mile and a quarter, of course he has.”

He added: “Mr Smith is an am­bi­tious, spec­u­la­tive man, de­spite his mod­esty, and he has en­tered him in the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional.

“Even though the horse has a lump of weight to carry, this would give us an in­di­ca­tion whether or not he’s chas­ing rain­bows.”

The New­mar­ket trainer is also rep­re­sented by Mas­ter The World who takes part in a hand­i­cap for the first time this sea­son af­ter a se­ries of ef­forts in Listed and Group races.

The seven-year-old is re­turn­ing af­ter a 10-week break, with Elsworth eye­ing Good­wood again for him.

“He is al­ways a dan­ger. He’s bound for Good­wood af­ter York where he’ll con­test the mile race (Uni­bet Golden Mile) which he’s won and been sec­ond in,” said Elsworth.

“He’ll prob­a­bly go and have an­other crack at that, but this race, while sort of a prep, he’s not go­ing in there as a for­lorn hope. He’s a course win­ner and sluiced up with Kieren (Fal­lon) one day there, I re­mem­ber.”

Ap­peared was beaten four lengths when fourth to Dash Of Spice at Royal As­cot on his first race for 10 months and is an­other coming back in trip.

Trainer Roger Var­ian was pleased with that come­back run and is ex­pect­ing a bold show from the six-year-old.

“Ap­peared ran a blinder to fin­ish fourth in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh and has come out of the race in fine form,” he said.

“He loves fast ground and won well at York a cou­ple of sea­sons ago. His strong trav­el­ling style of run­ning sug­gests he is worth a try at this shorter trip, par­tic­u­larly as it is a course where they of­ten get rac­ing a long way from home.

“Al­though he doesn’t look to have masses in hand (from the hand­i­cap­per), he re­mains lightly-raced for his age and the 5lb pull with Dash Of Spice ought to bring them closer to­gether.”

Thun­der­ing Blue was down the field in the Duke Of Ed­in­burgh but this test prom­ises to suit him bet­ter, as he won over the course and dis­tance in May.

“The ground should be fairly sim­i­lar to the ground he ran on at the Dante meet­ing, so we would be hope­ful,” said trainer David Menuisier.

“He came out of As­cot ab­so­lutely fine be­cause when Frankie (Det­tori) saw that the horse was beaten, he wasn’t overly hard on him. He kind of looked af­ter him in the last fur­long.

“So he has ac­tu­ally come out of As­cot re­ally well and is in su­per form. In my opin­ion, he is in as good a form as he was be­fore the Dante meet­ing.”

Jim Goldie saddles the full-broth­ers Euchen Glen and Sir Chau­velin, who have proven form over longer dis­tances.

Sir Chau­velin was sec­ond to Dash Of Spice over a mile and a half at Royal As­cot and ran third in the Northum­ber­land Plate, while Euchen Glen was just touched off over an ex­tended two miles in the Northum­ber­land Vase.

Win­ning streak: Dash Of Spice struck gold at Royal As­cot

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