Big victory for small Shamir.
THIS was a field day for the mice. While the cat is away the mice will play was meant to be the allweather adage but these days some of the fat cats linger after the end of each turf season and stretch their claws as the next season approaches.
Just ask one of the winter mice Jo Crowley, whose stable star Shamir had been pounced on by such heavyweights as Richard Hannon and Marcus Tregoning last autumn.
Shamir is only small of stature like Crowley in terms of the training ranks but while Crowley was worried about the big names again, the diminutive colt shrugged off an early barge from favourite Aetos to burst past the Tregoning runner when asked by Fergus Sweeney and beat top all-weather trainer Mark Johnston's Magic Omen in good style.
"I was wondering which one of the big stables would beat us," said Crowley. "I thought Shamir was condemned to become the highestrated maiden in training." There were more shrieks rather than shiekhs of joy after Sherjawy caused a shock in the 5f handicap as the 10-1 outsider of the four outnodded favourite Wotashirtfull under Sam Hitchcott.
Winning trainer Zoe Davison said: "I only entered him as there was nothing else until the end of the month. He deserved that as he had been beaten in photos three times here."
Star performance The Pearce family, trainer Jeff and apprentice son Simon with runaway winner Star Choice Eye for a bargain Owner Liz Nelson, who picked up Shamir for 11,000gns at the Kempton breeze-up sale last year Results and analysis, page 86