Southwell hosted a seven race Flat card on the Fibresand on Monday afternoon which was another rearranged fixture from Wolverhampton who are still busy replacing their Polytrack surface for Tapeta.
It was a glorious day and there were two equine performances
in particular that shone out. From Frost
took the feature race, a mile and a half handicap for three year olds under top
weight for David Probert and Andrew Balding in the famous George Strawbridge
silks of white with a green hoop. This gelded son of Nayef had won well over
course and distance on debut despite running green, and he did so again here,
with Probert having to nudge away from some way out, but he got a lovely seam
through on the inside turning for home and powered away to win by nine lengths,
to the delight of travelling head lad Richard Phillips.
From Frost however was not the easiest winner of the
meeting, because Dino Mite from the Peter Chapple-Hyam stable absolutely
destroyed her field to win by eighteen lengths, making most of the running in
the mile and a half maiden. She was actually tardily away but quickly made up
the ground under Shane Kelly to lead heading off down the back straight and
steadily turned the screw thereafter. She has a lovely big long stride and
it’ll be fascinating to see if she can translate this effort back on to the
turf next time.
Trainer Jose Santos trained his first winner on British soil
when Misstemper took the opening six furlong handicap under Raul Da Silva. Abi
Scarlet made it Southwell win number seven when she took the five furlong
selling stakes under Charlie Bennett, but was subsequently sold out of Hughie
Morrison’s yard to Scott Dixon for 10,250 guineas.
There was also a 50/1 winner on the card when Gaelic Wizard
won the claimer for Karen and Gemma Tutty, much to the surprise of the trainer
who has only had the horse since the start of June so didn’t know what to
expect at all here.
The next meeting at Southwell is The Chad Family Fun Day on
Sunday 13 July, with Mike The Knight and Evie appearing at intervals throughout
the day for the kids, and Ossie Ardiles with a host of football memorabilia for
auction and a raffle. For more information, visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.