Sunday 25 February 2018

Body And Soul hits right note

Nick Robson

Tim Easterby paid only £7,500 for Body And Soul and the filly took her earnings to well over £300,000 after holding off Moviesta in the Macmillan Charity Sprint Trophy at York.

Easterby normally targets his best three-year-old at this valuable prize and took the spoils for the third time in 11 years. Having bagged the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury and Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy last season, Body And Soul has more than paid her way in an already profitable career.

After a pleasing comeback at Ripon, where she finished fifth against older horses, Body And Soul was backed from a morning price of 16/1 into 7/1 favouritism and hit the front two furlongs out under Duran Fentiman.

Moviesta, winner of his last two races for Bryan Smart, had done a passable impression of Dawn Approach in the Derby for the first two furlongs – throwing his head about – and it was to his credit he battled on to be only beaten a neck, with Barracuda Boy third and Heaven's Guest fourth.

"She's a tremendous horse. It's been hard training her this year because she had a hard season at two and I had this in mind from last year but I couldn't rush her. She was eating well but just in the early spring she wasn't quite right," Easterby said.

"We had the decision to make and I didn't want to go in Listed races with a penalty for her Listed win and as she's rated 95 this was the obvious place to come. We'll probably go the Ayr Gold Cup route as there's no programme for three-year-old sprinters. Duran rides her very well."

"It's frustrating coming so close but after pulling like he did early in the race we're thrilled," Ritchie Fiddes, part-owner of Moviesta said. "We can look at stepping him up in to Listed races now."

Richard Hughes was confident Baltic Knight (2/1 favourite) would win the Ian And Kate Macmillan Ganton Stakes and his faith was justified with a straightforward success. The champion jockey made no secret of the fact he made the journey to York mainly to ride the Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old in this Listed race and he was duly rewarded.

"The horse (Remote) that beat him last time is a very good horse," Hughes said. "We like this fella a lot and he does like cut in the ground."

Sam Sharp was a clear-cut winner of the Handicap in the silks of Noel Martin, who is best known for the good grace in which he handled his horse Jacqueline Quest being demoted after winning the English 1,000 Guineas in 2010.

She was trained by Henry Cecil, who died on Tuesday, and Sam Sharp (15/2) spent three years with the much-missed handler. Now with Ian Williams, the seven-year-old powered clear to beat Silvery Moon by two and a quarter lengths. "Henry gave me a taste of the Classics, I'll always be grateful for that," said Martin. Williams indicated the winner would not get into the Royal Hunt Cup and would probably have a break.

Lady jockey Carol Bartley has been trying to win the prestigious Queen Mother's Cup and finally landed the prize on Jim Goldie's veteran Nanton (9/1).

Irish Independent

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