Hampton Court on agenda for Doctor Crane; NEWMARKET.
DOCTOR CRANE provided John Gosden with a nice tonic when defying top weight in the appropriately named East Anglian Air Ambulance Handicap.
Gosden could have been excused for feeling a little hot under the collar and not just because of the soaring temperature, as the 9-1 shot is owned by his wife Rachel Hood.
However, Doctor Crane proved up to the task and, racing alone towards the far side under Jimmy Fortune, kept on strongly to head Hyades inside the final furlong to record a three-quarter-length success.
Gosden said: "He ran well at Sandown first time out, where he had 9st 4lb, and just got beaten two lengths, but he's not a well-handicapped horse. He's moving into the twilight zone now and would be an ideal horse for Hong Kong, but we will see what the handicapper does with him.
"My thoughts are to have a crack at the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, and that will keep the owner happy."
Angel's Pursuit could be another to have the royal stage on the agenda after making a winning debut in the 5f maiden.
The 11-10 shot was held up in the early stages as Mijas Playa and Dahakaa disputed the lead, but entering the final furlong Richard Hughes took his mount to the front and they kept on well for a two-and-a-half-length victory.
Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "He's still quite a green horse but has learnt to settle. He will go for either the Windsor Castle or the Norfolk Stakes, and Ascot will suit him." Jimmy Styles is also Ascot-bound after a convincing win in the 6f handicap.
The 3-1 favourite went on over a furlong out under Philip Robinson and was always in control, as he raced to victory by a length and three-quarters from Everymanforhimself.
Winning trainer Clive Cox said: "He had a few niggling problems, but I've always held him in high regard and he will go for the Wokingham now. He was on 96 and I think he gets a penalty, but he'll have learnt a lot from this and could be very good." Grand Art was given a fine ride by Wendy Gibson as she notched a win on her first ride on the Rowley Mile course in the 1m4f lady riders' handicap. In so doing, she also provided trainer Paul Midgley with his first winner at the course.
A good pace had been set by Dramatic Solo and that played into the hands of those who came off the pace. Strike Force came through to lead entering the final furlong before being headed close home by 11-2 shot Grand Art.
Midgley said: "He needs them to go quick and then have them come back to him, and that's exactly what happened." Adoring surprised connections when making a winning debut under Liam Jones in the 7f maiden. The 16-1 shot kept on well to beat Pumpkin by a length and a half.
White Shift made a winning debut for Paul Howling when taking the 6f fillies' handicap. Claimed out of David Evans's stable, she took up the running over a furlong out under Jimmy Quinn and kept on well to beat Romanticize by a length..
Star performance Newmarket itself, which attracted quality horses over the three days of this meeting who will shortly be looking to display those talents at Royal Ascot How to keep the wife happy John Gosden did the trick when sending out Doctor Crane, owned by his wife Rachel Hood, to win the 1m2f handicap Who looked the best long-term prospect in the fillies' handicap? Results and analysis start page 84
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 25, 2009|
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