Mixed fortunes for title chaser
News of the rest of the action from Kempton, where Jim Crowley rode the winner of the first before being beaten a short-head.
Jim Crowley in the weighing room at Goodwood
David Elsworth may look towards stepping Sir Dancealot up in both trip and class for an outing in the Racing Post Trophy following his victory in the toteplacepot Conditions Stakes at Kempton.
The two-year-old made it two wins from three starts after backing up his recent six-length maiden success at the track when claiming victory in the seven-furlong contest, which was won 12 months ago by subsequent Group Three scorer Zonderland.
Although keen early on behind leader Ghayyar the 11/4 shot quickly found his stride once given a clear passage close to the inside rail, before drawing readily clear under Jim Crowley to take the race by a length and a half.
Elsworth said: "Today was a proper race. One does not want to get carried away with the race last time, although he did it well enough.
"He was pulling early on but once he got there he dropped it (bridle) and enjoyed it.
"It was encouraging and now is not the time to make decisions as I need to discuss things with the owner in depth, but I would probably think we may have a crack at the Racing Post Trophy and then put him away as he is a big horse.
"It looked like he will stay a mile."
Crowley, going all out for a first Jockeys' Championship title, was beaten a short head in the totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Handicap as Commodore got up in the dying strides.
Out of luck since taking a maiden at Bath on his third start in October 2014 the four-year-old set the record straight when finishing to good effect in the seven-furlong event.
Given a patient ride by James Doyle, the George Baker-trained 3/1 favourite thundered down the outside of the field before getting the better of Lightning Charlie, ridden by Crowley.
Doyle said: "They went a consistent pace, nothing more, but I had a nice smooth run. I think he will stay a mile as he relaxed so well. He needed every yard of that trip to get there.
"He raced a bit gassy in the early part of the race, but I soon got him into a nice rhythm. He seemed fresh and well, and hopefully getting his head in front can give him a bit of confidence and get him going."
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