Dragon flies to win at Carlisle

Will the undulations of Epsom be the next port of call for Ventura Dragon?

In-running punters got their fingers burned at Carlisle when over £70,000 was matched on Seyaady at the minimum price only for him to be caught in the final stride by Ventura Dragon.

The Richard Fahey-trained Ventura Dragon was sent off the 5-4 favourite in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes after a promising debut at Pontefract, but once again it looked like he would be seen to better effect over further.

Seyaady hit the front for Franny Norton inside the final furlong and appeared to be doing just enough to hold off Magic Mark on his outside.

Ventura Dragon could be spotted making ground on the far rail, but he had hit a high of 390-1 in the exchange in-running market, looking like he had too much to do.

Tony Hamilton got Ventura Dragon really rolling, but as all three horses flashed across the line together, Seyaady looked to the naked eye to have held on.

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However, Ventura Dragon got the verdict by a nose, and the £73,988 matched on Seyaady secured a spot in Betfair's top 10 of the most expensive losers for those who trade at the minimum price.

The winner, owned by Middleham Park Racing, is highly thought of and could have booked himself a ticket to Epsom on Derby day.

"He was green on his debut and was slowly away and really he probably needs six furlongs, but this was decent prize-money in the context, especially when you added the £10,000 (Plus 10 Race) bonus, and with the stiff track we thought he might get away with it," said Tom Palin of Middleham Park.

"It did look like he was finding it too sharp again, though. I thought he was running on nicely for third and then I thought he might get second.

"I was watching it at Doncaster sales and when they crossed the line I thought we were second at best, so it was a very nice surprise when I heard the result.

"We have always liked him though, and there is a Group Three in Italy that's an option. But given he's shown he can handle an undulating track he might be one for the Woodcote at Epsom, we'd be confident he'd stay further.

"Down the line he might be a type for the sales races, but we'd hope he could be a bit better than that."


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