Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

Meehan's Field Day with Ascot double

Martin Kelly

Brian Meehan has his team in flying form and well-regarded filly Field Day completed a near 93/1 double for the Manton team after being upped to Listed company in yesterday's Woodcote Stud EBF Valiant Stakes at Ascot.

Martin Dwyer's mount was thought of as Classic material at one stage but having been slow to blossom in the spring, she was having just her fourth start in the mile event.

Despite a moderate pace, the 9/2 chance was able to propel herself clear with a smart turn of foot and came three lengths and a neck away from Chachamaidee and 6/4 favourite Alsace Lorraine.

Dwyer said: "She has killed them with her turn of foot off a slow pace. When I won a maiden on her I thought she could be a Guineas filly, but she was sick over the winter and Brian's team have done a great job nursing her back to health."

Meehan, who is in California preparing Crowded House for his run at Del Mar over the weekend, unleashed another useful newcomer as Titus Mills made a winning debut in the juvenile maiden stakes. The 16/1 chance is entered in the Royal Lodge Stakes later in the season and got on top in the closing stages to claim a head success.

"He relished the uphill finish over seven furlongs and must be pretty smart," said Dwyer afterwards.

The Meehan-Dwyer combination were denied a treble as 5/2 favourite Aaim To Prosper came off second best to Henry Candy's Colloquial in the staying handicap.


Hanoverian Baron resumed winning ways after a rough race at Haydock as Kieren Fallon called on all his strength to ensure Tony Newcombe's 3/1 chance got the better of 15/8 favourite Breakheart in the October Club Charity Handicap.

The five-year-old coped with the drop back to a mile and a quarter but the prolific winner's next target will be over half a mile further in the Ebor.

Frankie Dettori made a race-winning move early in the maiden for two-year-old fillies as he brought Saeed bin Suroor's newcomer White Moonstone solo along the stands rail for a length and a quarter success.

Mark Johnston brought a strong team of four runners to the track from Yorkshire, and Avonrose (9/2) struck for him in the closing handicap.

Meanwhile, Ascot Gold Cup runner-up Age Of Aquarius heads 19 entries for Thursday's Goodwood Cup.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien reports the four-year-old to be in good shape ahead of the race following his fine effort at Royal Ascot, where he went down by only a neck to Rite Of Passage after a terrific tussle in the closing stages.

"He's in good form. Obviously he had a tough race at Ascot and we eased him down a little bit," O'Brien said.

"We did step back, but he is ready to go racing again. He's a lovely balanced horse."

The Luca Cumani-trained Purple Moon, who was six lengths back in third at Royal Ascot, is another tip-top entry for the Group Two contest over two miles. Bin Suroor has three possibles in Kite Wood, Wajir and Whispering Gallery, while John Dunlop is double-handed with the in-form Tactic and Akmal.

Other interesting entries include The Queen's Free Agent, trained by Richard Hannon, and Nicky Henderson's 13-year-old stalwart Caracciola.

Irish Independent

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