Newmarket: Meehan relives a special day as Chief Scout and Fallon connect.
As he did when Tomba landed the 1998 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, Meehan engaged Kieren Fallon for Chief Scout, who revelled in the testing conditions to beat Red Affleck and Palatinate by three-quarters of a length and a length and a half.
Both Meehan, who trains Chief Scout for John and Pauline Good, and Fallon have a high opinion of the youngster. The trainer said: 'Kieren has ridden this colt each time he has run and it's great for the Goods, who own the dam, the grand-dam and Tomba himself.
'The progeny take after Tomba, who loved the soft, and I should think this horse will now be aimed at the Grand Criterium at Longchamp in October.'
On a day when a number of two-year-olds took the eye, Merchant also earned a tilt at a Group 1 after completing a hat-trick for Michael Bell in the nursery.
Hayley Turner guided the colt to a two-and-a-half-length success over Master Joseph, after which Bell said: 'He's by Tagula, whose stock love easy conditions, and he didn't need to improve to win because with Hayley's 5lb claim, he was effectively off the same mark as when he won at York. I am keen to aim him at the Gran Criterium in Milan.'
Richard Hannon, who was also successful with Miss Cassia at Goodwood, initiated a double on this card when The Coires, ridden by Richard Hughes, took the second division of the seven-furlong maiden in the Queen's silks.
The Coires had a length and a half and the same to spare over Dhaular Dhar and The Duke Of Dixie.
Vienna's Boy completed the Hannon HQ brace under Dane O'Neill, beating Honest Injun by a length and a half in the claimer, but the winner was claimed by Willie Musson for pounds 20,000.
Stuart Williams completed the second leg of an ambitious plan for Sendintank when the gelding followed up his decisive success at Yarmouth on Tuesday under a 5lb penalty in the stayers' handicap. Martin Dwyer did not have to get serious with Sendintank to bring him home three and a half lengths clear of Promoter.
Williams said: 'All being well, he will turn out again at Yarmouth on Sunday and he could run on either Monday or Tuesday as well.
'A hectic programme is not new for him, as he ran four times in 11 days in January.'
Playful Act was given a 25-1 quote for the Oaks by Coral after trouncing her rivals, albeit in a slow time, in the second division of the seven-furlong fillies' maiden.
The sister to Percussionist was backed to the exclusion of anything else and came home a length and three-quarters clear of Naivety for the John Gosden-Jimmy Fortune combination.
The first division went to the John Dunlop-trained Thakafaat, who had a length to spare over Celtique in a finish of fillies by soft-ground sires (Unfuwain and Celtic Swing).
Hout Bay notched the only success on the card for the North when he edged out Taboor for the Richard Fahey-Jimmy Quinn team.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 28, 2004|
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