Saturday 23 November 2019

Tempest takes Lincoln for Ryan

Silvestre De Sousa gives a victory salute aboard African Story
Silvestre De Sousa gives a victory salute aboard African Story

Nick Robson

John Ryan has been in the shadow of his famous father Mick since taking over the licence in 2005, but the 20/1 success of Ocean Tempest in the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster helped put his own name up in lights.

Ryan snr's biggest wins came courtesy of Katies, who won an Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes, but he was renowned for landing the odd gamble.

John Ryan has had several decent horses in his care, the best of those being Silver Grecian and Iver Bridge Lad, but winning the feature handicap on a Saturday will expose him to far more publicity.

Fifth in the consolation Lincoln 12 months ago, Ryan took his five-year-old out to Dubai and he ran several respectable races without looking like a Lincoln winner-in-waiting.

The 7/1 joint-favourite Tullius looked a huge threat a furlong out, but Ocean Tempest eventually ran out a comprehensive length-and-three-quarters winner.

David O'Meara saddled third and fourth with Robert The Painter and Sweet Lightning. Ryan said of the Adam Kirby-ridden winner: "We ran him in the consolation race last year but he wasn't ready.

"This was always his aim. He paid his way in Dubai but we thought he was a bit high in the weights for this, but we knew this ground was his thing. I couldn't believe how good it was when I walked it."

Meanwhile, African Story gave Saeed bin Suroor his sixth victory – and Godolphin their seventh – in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan. Fifth last year and only seen twice this season, he was ridden with great confidence by Silvestre de Sousa and wore down the front-running Mukhadram halfway down the straight.

The 12-1 chance had stretched well clear by the line, while Aidan O'Brien's Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World, uneasy in the betting and with a poor draw, was struggling from some way out under Joseph O'Brien.

"He's proved how good he is," said De Sousa. "I had a bit of bad luck in the earlier races but he has saved the night. It's an amazing feeling, one of absolute delight. Godolphin called me to ask me to join their team and I was privileged to accept.

"Saeed thought African Story was a great horse. He had a couple of issues, especially on his second start this year, but tonight he was at his absolute best. In fact, I had to pinch myself because of how well he was travelling."

Earlier, Ryan Moore kept his cool to guide Japanese mare Gentildonna to victory in a rough Dubai Sheema Classic.

There had already been a big drama when Mike de Kock's runner Mars appeared to go wrong in the early stages. He crashed into the far rail and threw Richard Hughes over the top. Hughes was seen sitting up on a stretcher in an ambulance and was reportedly only winded.

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