Meade’s joy as Dol­phin Vista delivers 50-1 sur­prise win

Trainer praises ‘great ride’ by jockey Ge­orge Wood Top three in New­mar­ket race are all out­siders

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Racing - By Mar­cus Armytage

Dol­phin Vista, a 50-1 shot trained lo­cally by Mar­tyn Meade and rid­den by 3lb claimer Ge­orge Wood, gave the trainer the most pres­ti­gious win­ner of his ca­reer when he came home a length and a half clear in the 34-run­ner Bet­fred Cam­bridgeshire Hand­i­cap at New­mar­ket yes­ter­day.

It proved a book­mak­ers’ bo­nanza as the win­ner beat Sands Cho­rus, a 100-1 shot in sec­ond with Cote d’Azur, an­other 50-1 shot, in third.

Meade, who has a good chance of com­plet­ing an ex­cel­lent week­end with his re­cent Park Stakes win­ner Aclaim in the Prix de la Foret at Chan­tilly to­day, said: “It’s al­ways a nice sur­prise. In a hand­i­cap with 34 run­ners any­thing can hap­pen. The horse has been do­ing re­ally well at home. We’ve taken a lot of time with him.

“He’s had quite a lot of rac­ing but had only run once for us be­fore and we gave him time and waited for his ground. It was a great ride by Ge­orge. He stuck to his guns where he was and did ev­ery­thing we asked him to do.”

Ai­dan O’Brien, who is run­ning five in the Arc, warmed up for it by win­ning both Group Ones for ju­ve­niles at New­mar­ket yes­ter­day. It took his tally of top-tier races this season to 20.

Clem­mie, a full sis­ter to Churchill, earned a quote of 4-1 for next year’s Guineas after win­ning the Jud­dmonte Cheve­ley Park. Al­ways handy, O’Brien’s filly and Ryan Moore took it up at the two-fur­long pole and, though chal­lenged by the French trained run­nerup Dif­fer­ent League, she was well on top at the line.

“She’s very much like Churchill and right in his mould,” said O’Brien. “She has a great mind, has plenty of speed, stays, and nothing fazes her. She could go to the Breed­ers’ Cup. A mile round Del Mar should be no prob­lem to her.”

The trainer also sad­dled the first two in the Mid­dle Park but it was US Navy Flag, a 10-1 shot, who led home Fleet Re­view, a 25-1 shot. His first-string Sioux Na­tion, the favourite, dis­ap­pointed along with sev­eral other fan­cied run­ners in­clud­ing Un­for­tu­nately, Ra­jas­inghe and the Gim­crack win­ner Sands of Mali, who was tailed off.

Michael Bell with­drew Big Orange from yes­ter­day’s Prix du Cad­ran, won by Vazirabad, due to a com­bi­na­tion of good to soft ground and the geld­ing, a well-known ‘box-walker’, en­dur­ing a rest­less night in the race­course sta­bles. He will now head to As­cot’s Long Dis­tance Cup instead.

Sun­day ser­vice: Mar­tyn Meade hopes to end his week­end with a win for Aclaim at Chan­tilly to­day

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