Step up 'really suited' inspiring Team Talk
Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30
Team Talk put his inexperience behind him by showing a superb turn of foot to capture the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes at Lingfield.
Having only his third race and the only three-year-old in the field, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained gelding gained an automatic place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the course and distance on Good Friday with a neat display.
Anchored at the rear of the field by Sean Levey, he still had most of his rivals in front of him entering the straight.
However, the Godolphin-owned Team Talk (6/1) ran on strongly to collar Educate close home and score by half a length. Levey said: "Team Talk was incredibly impressive. I thought that I had a lot to do turning in - I was a bit out of my ground - and they didn't go overly quick either. I thought that he was going to change gear and really knuckle down to get them.
"When I asked for an effort, he picked up really well. They weren't stopping and coming back to us in front and I knew he had to show a turn of foot to pick them up. He has very little experience. He didn't learn much first time out, when he won as he liked, and ran in good company in the Listed race at Newmarket.
"He probably learned a good bit from just being in that race. The step up to a mile and two furlongs really suited and he has done it well.
"I think that he will stay further. He was so settled and very professional going round there. I think he is one to look forward to."
Grendisar, who was sent off evens favourite on his first start since capturing the Easter Classic in March, kept on to finish fourth.
His trainer Marco Botti said: "Adam (Kirby) said that Grendisar was a bit rusty and was slightly checked in the last 100 yards as well. He wasn't beaten far and is a big horse, so he will definitely come on quite a lot from this race.
"I am not too disappointed and we are looking forward to coming back here in December for the Quebec Stakes."
Lord Of The Land (2/1 favourite) won the other fast-track qualifier on the card, the six-furlong Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes. James Doyle replaced the ill Danny Tudhope on David O'Meara's five-year-old, who reeled in long-time leader Mythmaker to score by three-quarters of a length.
However, Doyle got off the son of Shamardal on the course shortly afterwards. He said: "Lord Of The Land has pulled up a bit sore.
"Obviously, the vets are having a look at him but he did look quite sore - I could feel it pulling up, so I popped off him and they got him back in the ambulance. We have done all we can to prevent anything more happening.
"I don't think it will be career threatening. He has won here over seven furlongs but they went solid enough and I wasn't quick enough to lead, I took a sit and he travelled around well. I knew he would take a bit of pegging back once he got to the front.
"He is very consistent and that was his third win on the trot, so he is clearly a horse who was going in the right direction so let's hope he gets back and recovers well."
Sunday Indo Sport