Crazy Horse cuts loose
Crazy Horse, absent since the French 2000 Guineas, made a triumphant return to action at Salisbury on Monday, taking the the EBF Stallions Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes.
Rab Havlin: On target at Salisbury with Crazy Horse.
The son of Sleeping Indian had won the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes when unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile.
The John Gosden-trained colt was not disgraced when sixth to The Gurkha in the one-mile Classic at Deauville in May and was able to defy a penalty in promising style.
Estidhkaar, who had been off the track for 421 days, set out to make all the running and did not give up when Crazy Horse (11/4) ranged alongside, but had the year-younger horse was three-quarters of a length too strong.
"He's had little niggles and he wants plenty of cut in the ground," said jockey Rab Havlin.
"We always thought he had plenty of ability so the boss has minded him through the summer. He's moving well in the last month and this was the target.
"I got there a bit too soon, but he's done it well and I always felt was going to win.
"When he won the Horris Hill he just there on the line and his wins last year were quite late on so he's probably a back-end-of-the-year horse."
Hanagan was just denied on Estidhkaar but he wrapped a double for trainer David Loughnane with both divisions of the Bathwick Tyres Handicap with Coolcalmcollected (5/2 favourite) and No Refund (5/1).
There was though a sting in the tail for the jockey, however, as he was banned for seven days (October 26-29, October 31, November 1 and 2) for using his whip above the permitted level on Coolcalmcollected.
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