Tuesday 23 January 2018

Dynamite fails to fire on Sandown return

Willie Mullins (Photo: SPORTSFILE)
Willie Mullins (Photo: SPORTSFILE)

Thomas Kelly

Willie Mullins suffered a setback at Sandown last night as his Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite trailed home a disappointing third of four runners in the Henry II Stakes.

Max Dynamite was sent off the 4/7 favourite on his first run since last November and he was sharply away under Ryan Moore.

However, Moore took an early pull, allowing Burmese to stride to the front and he continued to set a steady pace at the head of affairs until the race kicked up a gear on the turn for home.

Max Dynamite soon had Burmese beaten as he pushed to the front, but Oisin Murphy had tracked Moore throughout the two-mile heat and switched Pallasator to the outside inside the final furlong.

Despite shouldering a 4lb penalty for last year's Doncaster Cup win, Pallasator found plenty in the closing stages and eventually won by over two lengths for trainer Mark Prescott. Suegioo finished with purpose from the back to take second from Max Dynamite.

At Down Royal this evening, Duckweed is fancied to get the better of Annamatopoeia in the mares' beginners chase. While the latter was a respectable runner-up to Go Darsi Go at Roscommon, Duckweed has the superior hurdles form and Jessica Harrington is sure to have her well schooled on her chasing debut.

Across the water in Haydock, the Hugo Palmer-trained Majoris becomes the second son of Frankel to grace the racecourse. The mighty Frankel was retired to stud in 2012 as one of the all-time greats, unbeaten in all his 14 career starts for the late Henry Cecil.

The John Gosden-trained Cunco became the first of his offspring to make the track at Newbury earlier this month and made an impressive start to spark dreams of Royal Ascot glory.

Majoris is out of Kingmambo mare Drops, which failed to win any of her four starts for Aidan O'Brien, but is beautifully bred as a daughter of multiple Group One winner Alexandrova.

Palmer said: "I'm hoping for a nice introduction, but we haven't wound him up to win first time out."

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