My Stable Eyecatchers: Weds
Our team pick out the eyecatchers from Wednesday's action and there's also an interesting Sir Michael Stoute team gallops report.
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Marcus Tregoning probably doesn't want racing's sympathy, as much as he wants to get his seat back at racing's top table and train some winners. However not only have there been some promising signs in the last couple of weeks that the move to Whitsbury could allow one of the sport's most likeable men to successfully rebuild, there is also the realistic hope of more to come given the way that he still focusses his efforts upon progressive horses likely to improve with age and experience.
Bought for 100,000 guineas at the Breeze-Ups last year, Snow Trouble is related to some decent performers in Ireland, but has an all-American pedigree which suggests he might actually be happiest on artifical surfaces. Perhaps it was no surprise therefore that having produced such a stinking effort on soft ground at Goodwood on his previous start when all but refusing to take part for the first half-mile, he looked much more home on the Polytrack at Lingfield here.
It was a brave call from the trainer to drop Snow Trouble back in trip to a mile but the move would have paid off had Jim Crowley's mount not met trouble shortly before the home bend that saw him drop back from midpack to stone last of the 11 with two furlongs to run.
It's usually unwise to get too carried away by fast-finishers at Lingfield, especially when the early leaders have set off at as fierce a gallop as was the case here. But it was impossible not to have the eye taken by Snow Trouble's late rush for third place. It will be fascinating to see where connections opt to go next, but he's evidently not short of the pace to land a blow at a mile. (WH)
All eyes may have been on Tony McCoy at Uttoxeter but Camachoice should pay his way after making a promising hurdling debut.
Though the race-fit and experienced jumper Nathans Pride ran out a comfortable winner, there was plenty to like about Camachoice.
Jamie Snowden's charge was not only a clear-cut second, but was the only one to look like giving the odds-on winner a race.
Camachoice cost the Snowden team 6,750 guineas out of Marco Botti's stable after winning a Wolverhampton seller in March and is sure to give new connections a lot of fun even though it may only be in ordinary races.
Rapid Advance ran better than his finishing position implies in the Granby Handicap at Sandown having been eased down after finding himself short of room against the rail.
Well supported on his first run since being gelded and on just his second start for Sir Michael Stoute, he really should prove capable of winning more races but while I fully expect him to do so, he certainly doesn't look the most straightforward individual and probably isn't one to plough into at short prices.
In the finale, Mr Smith showed his first signs of ability on his handicap debut. Sporting cheekpieces for the first time and stepping up in trip, he never looked like getting involved from off the pace but stayed on takingly once the race was over to finish fifth.
A younger sibling of smart stayers Michelangelo and No Heretic, he may not be in their class but he does look more than capable of winning a modest staying handicap or two on this evidence. (IO)
Wednesday's Gallops Report:
SNOW SKY was amongst the higher-profile members of Sir Michael Stoute's workers on the Limekilns short gallop on Wednesday morning.
The Lingfield Derby Trial winner had the misfortune to miss out on the Investec Derby following a minor setback, and then ran respectably in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Stoute has an eye on the St Leger and will trial Snow Sky for the final Classic at either Goodwood or York.
The colt looked in good heart as he came up in company with the Goodwood Cup-bound ESTIMATE.
She has thrived since her solid run in the Gold Cup at Ascot and looks in equally good heart.
TELESCOPE will relish fast summer conditions in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and he continued ticking over for the Ascot showpiece with a solo spin.
With his proven liking of the track, the Hardwicke Stakes winner looks a worthy favourite for the King George.
MUNAASER seems to have done well for a gelding operation and he moved stylishly with ALEX VINO, while the disappointing GOTHIC accompanied STOMACHION.
Next up was MAIRISE who was shadowed by SAVANT.
RYE HOUSE will avoid fast ground but is getting ready for another race. He was another solo worker.
There was some good work from a trio of two-year-old colts.
Ryan Moore partnered DISEGNO who bolted-up at Kempton and is in tip top order. Moore was in the drive position as his mount held DISILLUSION and CALL OUT LOUD at bay.