Tuesday, 1 July 2014

From Frost Takes Step Up In Grade In His Stride

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.

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