Mid­g­ley dashes in again at Ep­som

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RACING - TOM RICH­MOND RAC­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT ■ Email: tom.rich­mond@ypn.co.uk ■ Twit­ter: @Opin­ionYP

PAUL MID­G­LEY’S bur­geon­ing rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best sprint train­ers in the coun­try was re­in­forced when Tana­soq surged to vic­tory on Derby day at Ep­som.

It was the trainer’s sec­ond vic­tory in the pres­ti­gious £100,000 In­vestec Cor­po­rate Bank­ing ‘Dash’ Hand­i­cap af­ter Desert Law pre­vailed in 2015.

Rid­den by James Sul­li­van, the five-year-old kept on well on the stands’ side rail to take the lead close to home and score by a length-and-three-quar­ters.

Mid­g­ley, based in Westow, hails from Ryedale and is en­joy­ing far more suc­cess as a trainer than he did as a jockey.

“Ev­ery­body drifted off the stands’ side rail and we prob­a­bly had too good a run if that makes sense!” he said.

“From a long way down, you could see he was go­ing to win as he was al­ways just do­ing enough – he’s a nice horse.

“I’m not sure how good he could be at this stage as he just does what he has to do in his races – he’s re­ally pro­fes­sional and has a good en­gine. We have lots of sprint­ers and luck­ily enough we have a few good ones now and ev­ery­body who has sprint­ers wants to win the ‘Dash’ so it is a race we tar­get.

“Ev­ery­body wants to be here and I never thought we would be win­ning this race again, so it’s great.

“It’s a great team ef­fort and I’m de­lighted for ev­ery­one. I’m not al­lowed to sit on him too many times and that’s prob­a­bly why he’s win­ning!”

Un­like Oisin Mur­phy on the fourth-placed Blue de Vega, Sul­li­van en­joyed a charmed pas­sage through on the rail be­fore surg­ing clear.

Sul­li­van was win­ning on Flat rac­ing’s great­est stage for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year fol­low­ing Sovereign Debt’s vic­tory in the Diomed Stakes 12 months ago for Ruth Carr.

Iron­i­cally, this suc­cess came shortly af­ter Sovereign Debt had fin­ished a gutsy fourth in this year’s Diomed re­newal.

“The race went ev­ery well for me,” said the jockey af­ter Tana­soq’s win.

“When I got to the rail, noone else was go­ing for it so I took the op­por­tu­nity. He quick­ened well when I asked him and won well.

“The plan was to get cover early on and then try ma­noeu­vre my way around them. I couldn’t be­lieve it re­ally when I got the gap up the rail – it was fairly easy

“He looks like a smart horse – you need one to win this. Poten- tially, he could progress be­yond hand­i­caps into Group com­pany. Paul does well with this type of horse so there’s no rea­son why not. He did every­thing I asked for to­day – I’m de­lighted to get an­other win­ner on a day like this.”

Mid­dle­ham trainer Jedd O’Ke­effe is con­sid­er­ing fu­ture plans for Shared Equity af­ter land­ing Fri­day’s con­clud­ing Ze­bra Hand­i­cap un­der North York­shire jockey Jack Gar­ritty.

The horse is owned by Paul and Caron Chap­man whose top-class hur­dler Sam Spin­ner pro­vided the dual pur­pose O’Ke­effe yard with a land­mark Grade One win last De­cem­ber.

“The jockey rode a su­per race. He wanted to be brave on him, he wanted to bag the near-side rail, and every­thing went to plan. First class,” said O’Ke­effe, who was record­ing his first win at Ep­som.

“Shared Equity has pace – he would still prob­a­bly be ef­fec­tive over six fur­longs on proper slow ground. Ob­vi­ously, now I’ve got to work out whether he does merit en­tries in big six-fur­long races like the Ayr Gold Cup, which has al­ways been a plan of ours. He prob­a­bly would be okay as long as the ground was proper soft.”

I never thought we would be win­ning this race again, so it’s great. Trainer Paul Mid­g­ley af­ter Tana­soq’s vic­tory at Ep­som.

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