Seat­tle Drive speeds off to clear vic­tory

Elsworth re­joices as youth­ful card can’t stop his 33-1 shot

The Scotsman - - Sport Quiz - Peter al­li­Son

DaviD Elsworth’s new­comer Seat­tle Drive starred on a card at New­mar­ket where the em­pha­sis was very much on the fu­ture.

Half of the eight races were for ju­ve­niles and the pick of those looked to be the Euro­pean Breed­ers’ Fund Maiden Stakes, where a good-look­ing field of choicely-bred colts faced the starter.

Seat­tle Drive, who is closely re­lated to Sno­qualmie Boy and Girl as well as Seat­tle Rhyme, was a 33-1 shot and car­ried owner Jeff Smith’s sec­ond colours.

But, while sta­ble­mate Odin laboured, Dane O’Neill’s mount showed a great deal of pro­fes­sion­al­ism to take two lengths out of them in­side the fi­nal fur­long. Of those in be­hind, Ful­gur showed most prom­ise in sec­ond.

“i knew he would fin­ish,” said Elsworth. “i’d hoped ei­ther him or Odin would run well, but you never know if a two-year-old first time out will put it to­gether.

“He is not in any­thing fancy, so we’ll just see how he comes out of this. You al­ways try to un­veil a po­ten­tial sta­ble star or a use­ful horse at this time of year. He could be all right – we’ll see.”

it was a mixed day for Kieren Fal­lon, who started off in the right fashion as Sir Michael Stoute’s 7-4 favourite Ha­vant pulled five lengths clear in di­vi­sion two of the EBF Maiden Fil­lies’ Stakes.

The daugh­ter of Halling should be suited by fur­ther and anita Wi­gan, owner and breeder, said: “Sir Michael did like her, and any plans from now on will be up to him.”

Later on Fal­lon re­ceived five days’ worth of bans (10 & 12-15 Septem­ber) for his part in the Bre­heny Nurs­ery.

Rid­ing 4-5 favourite Pi­ceno, who was car­ry­ing a penalty for an easy vic­tory at Sal­is­bury last week, Fal­lon found him­self locked in a long bat­tle with askaud, pre­vail­ing by a neck in the end.

Pi­ceno in­tim­i­dated askaud into drift­ing across the track but Fal­lon had his whip in the cor­rect hand and sur­vived a lengthy in­quiry.

“it is strange for his pedi­gree but the fur­ther they went, the bet­ter he was go­ing,” re­marked trainer Luca Cu­mani.

Fal­lon shook off any dis­ap­point­ment to con­tinue his re­mark­able re­cent form on Fre­quency (7-2) in the NGK Spark Plugs Claim­ing Stakes.

Stoute opted for light­weight jockey Jimmy Quinn to part­ner Maxim Gorky (11-4) in the J20 White Blend Hand­i­cap.

The lightly-raced three-year-old was get­ting 7lb from his el­ders and made it count. Owen Bur­rows, Stoute’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said: “We have had to be pa­tient with him but he en­joyed go­ing up in trip. He has to have soft ground, but Jimmy felt he’d make a nice stay­ing hand­i­cap­per next year.”

Jeremy Noseda has needed even more pa­tience with Call To Rea­son, who had made her de­but 300 days ago but had been on the side­lines un­til tak­ing the New­mar­ke­trace­ Maiden Stakes fairly eas­ily as the 4-6 favourite.

“She was cast in her box in april and chipped a bone in her hock, so we re­moved that,” ex­plained Noseda. “She has al­ways shown a de­cent level of abil­ity and there should be op­por­tu­ni­ties in the au­tumn, but we’ll just take the next step up and see how we go.”

The weaker-look­ing di­vi­sion one of the maiden was re­duced fur­ther when 4-7 favourite Quiet Oa­sis spread a plate and was with­drawn, caus­ing a de­duc­tion of 60p in the pound for all bets.

This re­vealed an op­por­tu­nity for Lucy Limelites (10-1) to break her duck in game style.

Trainer Roger Charl­ton said: “That’s a nice start. Steve Drowne said she would pre­fer bet­ter ground. There are no big plans, as it’s quite hard to as­sess the race.”

R Woody (16-1) was an easy win­ner of the Tur­fTv Hand­i­cap for Dean ivory and alan Munro.

Main aim ticks all of the right boxes in the tote­s­ Cel­e­bra­tion Mile at Good­wood to­day.

Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old is the high­est-rated an­i­mal in the four­run­ner line-up and is cru­cially proven on a rain-soft­ened sur­face. The Khalid ab­dul­lah-owned en­tire has, af­ter all, twice won in a bog at New­bury and Don­caster – in ad­di­tion to this sea­son’s Group Three suc­cess in the John of Gaunt Stakes at Hay­dock, where the ground was typ­i­cally ex­act­ing.

Last sea­son’s sec­ond in the July Cup was a crack­ing ef­fort, for in­stance, while his close-up fourth be­hind Paco Boy in the Queen anne of that year re­quires lit­tle hy­per­bole.

That Royal as­cot run is im­por­tant ahead of the Cel­e­bra­tion as it was hith­erto his first try over a mile be­fore ar­riv­ing back at Good­wood.

Per­haps the most telling statis­tic, how­ever, is Stoute’s record in the race. The mae­stro of Freema­son Lodge has won the race a jaw-drop­ping seven times in the last 13 years.

He would sim­ply not have de­clared Main aim were he not ex­pect­ing to gal­vanise that achingly-good statis­tic.

To­day’s nap, how­ever, should pro­vide slightly bet­ter value. an­drew Bald­ing’s Tar­tan Trip has a record of sec­ond, first, sec­ond in its last three out­ings and can con­tinue the pat­tern in the 2.15 at New­mar­ket.

Trop­i­cal Par­adise se­cured a land­mark first suc­cess in Pat­tern com­pany at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood last month and she is taken to fol­low up back at the Sus­sex track to­mor­row.

Else­where, Dort­mund looks more than ca­pa­ble of land­ing the EBF Old Cross­leyans Rugby Union Foot­ball Club Maiden Stakes at Beverley.

a half-brother to Bri­tan­nia Stakes win­ner Ran­som Note, he has yet to strike gold in four race­course out­ings for Mah­mood al Za­rooni.

He was not beaten far when sec­ond on his first two starts, while his dis­ap­point­ing fifth at New­cas­tle the next time can be writ­ten off as some­thing was ev­i­dently amiss. Dropped into a hot heat at New­mar­ket, Dort­mund ran with great credit to be fourth and he should find the com­pe­ti­tion here much more to his lik­ing.

az­zurra du Caprio and PJ Mcdon­ald, right, win from top Care at Hamil­ton last night

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