Tawdeea takes aim at Doncaster
A review of Monday's action at Leicester as Old Newton Cup winner Tawdeea bagged another decent prize.
Tawdeea could now have a crack at the November Handicap
Old Newton Cup winner Tawdeea bagged another decent prize when landing the £30,000 Sir Gordon Richards Handicap at Leicester.
The David O'Meara-trained four-year-old mastered John Reel to record a 2-1 triumph in the hands of Danny Tudhope.
The jockey reported the first-time application of cheekpieces helped his mount move sweetly through the mile-and-a-half Class 2 race.
Tudhope sat in mid-division aboard Tawdeea before shaking him up in the closing stages to surge between Fattsota and John Reel.
The victory margin was half a length but Middleham Park Racing's horse looked to have a little bit more up his sleeve.
Tudhope said: "The cheekpieces have made a big difference. That's probably the best he has travelled – he's usually lazy in his races.
"He has done well this year and I think there's more to come. He's still a big baby and will be better next year."
There could yet be a further big day for him in 2016 with the turf season's finale, the November Handicap at Doncaster, likely to be on Tawdeea's – if not Tudhope's – agenda.
"That will be his next target," said Tudhope who will instead be heading to the Breeders' Cup to ride Mondialiste.
El Vip returned to winning ways and could prove to be another beneficiary of trainer Luca Cumani's renowned touch with progressive handicappers.
The Pivotal colt, who was purchased for 250,000 guineas as a yearling in 2014, looked promising when scoring on his debut in a mile-and-a-quarter maiden at Doncaster.
He was the beaten favourite on his next two starts but put his best foot forward after Cumani dropped his charge in trip to a mile.
Jockey Pat Cosgrave bided his time towards the rear on the Al Shaqab Racing-owned 7-2 winner before making stealthy and relentless progress in the closing quarter of a mile.
El Vip mastered Father Bertie well inside the final furlong, repelled the gambled-on God Willing's late move and prevailed by a length and a half.
Cosgrave said: "It wasn't the plan to sit that far back but he jumped a little bit awkward and they went fast early on.
"I left him to find his feet and he came home good. He's a nice, big scopey horse and I'm sure there's plenty more to come."
Trainer William Muir came in from the cold with Cuttin' Edge providing him with his first winner in 54 days.
"It's a relief, to be honest," said Muir after his charge showed plenty of dash, eased in trip from a mile to six furlongs for the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Cuttin' Edge's win gave jockey George Baker something to smile about after he broke his nose at the stalls aboard Imperial City before the opener.
The favourite eventually finished three-parts of a length second to Raj Balaraj in the first division of the Haymarket Nursery
The 8/1 shot, having his first start in nursery company, stayed on well inside the last of the seven furlongs to hand jockey Steve Drowne a winner with his only ride on the card.
Drowne said: "Seven furlongs is his minimum. The uphill finish helped and his best work was always going to be in the last furlong."
Jockey Thomas Brown and trainer Ed Walker are building a useful association – as emphasised by the win of Wily Rumpus in the second division of the Haymarket Nursery.
The combination's success was their second in 48 hours following that of Di Alta in the same colours of owner Robert Ng at Newbury.
Brown, 24, will follow Walker to Lambourn when the latter switches from Newmarket after the end of the turf season.
Brown said: "Ed is moving to Kingsdown in Lambourn and I'll go in there a couple of mornings a week. I'm going back to Andrew Balding's a couple of times a week as well."
Dr Jon Scargill saddled his first winner in 160 days – albeit from limited runners – when Mississippi Miss skipped home in the closing stages of the Cossington Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Jockey Robert Havlin stoked up the 5/1 winner and she zipped beyond Lava Light to score by three-quarters of a length.
Havlin said: "She was game. She's a good, strong traveller and has improved with every run this year."
Apprentice Hollie Doyle proved a more than able deputy for the absent Noel Garbutt aboard Infiniti in the Gumley Claiming Stakes.
Doyle, claiming 5lb, drove out the 7/2 chance for a one-length win – the Rae Guest-trained filly's first after several placed efforts.
Jonjo O'Neill jnr proved he is a chip off the old block when winning the Fosse Way Handicap (for gentleman amateur riders).
The son of famous trainer – and ex-jockey – Jonjo O'Neill was aboard Teversham (50/1) in the concluding seven-furlong handicap.
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