See The World drifts to 999/1 before sealing remarkable comeback
SEE The World was a remarkable winner of the Wincanton Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at the Somerset track yesterday.
Emma Lavelle’s youngster appeared to have the race in safe keeping approaching the final bend but hung badly to his left and before Aidan Coleman could do anything about it See The World had basically slowed to a walk.
That left Lincoln County with a seemingly straightforward task as he was some 15 lengths clear but Coleman allowed his mount to regain his composure before setting off in pursuit and he displayed a touch of class in the way he made up the lost ground effortlessly.
In the end it was not even close as the 7-1 chance See The World won going away by four and a half lengths. “He just started hanging and I don’t know why,” said Coleman. “I had my stick in my right hand as I was going in and out of the wings down the back for the best ground and coming to the bend he just started to hang and I didn’t have time to pull my stick through. When I got him back in he was very professional but for a furlong he just lost his head. I thought I’d win beforehand as they are good judges down at Emma’s and they really like him.”
The winner traded at 999-1 for £150 on Betfair. Coleman had earlier won on Otago Trail who showed some class in the CW Accountancy Services Novices’ Hurdle. Not seen since winning at Carlisle in November, he was nevertheless sent off the 8-11 favourite. As many trained by Venetia Williams tend to do, he absolutely revelled in the conditions and simply ground his rivals into submission. Anything that tried to stay with him finished legless, while the newcomer Scoop The Pot stayed on from a long way back to be beaten 23 lengths into second.
“He’s always been an exciting horse but he had a touch of sore shins which is why he hasn’t run for a while,” said Williams on Racing UK.
“In conditions like that you find very few horses actually handle it so I don’t know if there was much strength in depth to the race. He’s a nice horse and we have plenty to look forward to. We’ve put him in the Supreme (Novices’ Hurdle) but he would only go if it was soft ground, if it’s good, he just won’t go. If we miss Cheltenham he may not run again this season, he wouldn’t be going to Aintree.
“Basically, this season is a preparation for sending him over fences next season.”
The sponsors make him a 33-1 chance (from 40s) for the Sky Bet-sponsored Supreme on March 10. Saint Raph (6-1) made every post a winning one in the Dick Hunt Handicap Chase. Robert Walford’s grey handled the ground and appeared to be getting the better of a battle with Paul Nicholls’ favourite Atlantic Roller when Sam Twiston-Davies came off after a mistake at the last.
COLEMAN: ‘He was very professional’