Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 14 December 2017

Lucida shows a touch of class

Lucida, with Kevin Manning up, on the way to victory at Newmarket. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Lucida, with Kevin Manning up, on the way to victory at Newmarket. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Jim Bolger's Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.

Second to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes just 12 days ago, she appeared to be going nowhere back in fourth when the field entered the dip.

For a few strides it looked as if Sheikh Hamdan was going to win the race he sponsors as Fadhayyil hit the front, despite still looking green, but on meeting the rising ground Lucida seemed much more at home and Kevin Manning pulled his mount a length clear of Fadhayyil, with another two lengths back to New Providence.

Meanwhile, Gordon Elliott landed a treble at Downpatrick including the victory of Definite Ruby in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.

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