Thursday 23 November 2017

Summit Surge sets stage for classy Fallon double

Kieren Fallon may be trailing the likes of Paul Hanagan, Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes in the jockeys' title race but once again he showed his undoubted qualities with a 71/1 big-race double at York.

Victories on Summit Surge in the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes and Hawkeyethenoo in the Sky Bet Dash delighted the packed crowd on the Knavesmire. Having sat way off a strong early pace set by Monitor Closely, he still looked to have plenty to do when Neil Callan kicked for home on Bushman but Summit Surge (8/1) quickened impressively to win by a length and a quarter.

"I've been dying to run him over further and fast ground is what he needs," said trainer Luca Cumani.

"He showed a nice turn of foot. We took him out to Dubai and he ran well on turf but didn't like the Tapeta. There's the Rose Of Lancaster next for him I think but the ground would have to be fast, which it very rarely is at Haydock."

Fallon was seen in an even better light on Jim Goldie's Hawkeyethenoo (7/1), which finally landed the big pot he has been threatening all season. Having lost all chance in the stalls in the Scottish Stewards' Cup, he was ridden along early before Fallon clicked into overdrive to beat Kaldoun Kingdom by a head. The Ayr Gold Cup is now the main aim, but he could turn out again quickly.

"Kieren gave him a lovely ride and if I can secure him again then we would probably have a go at the Stewards' Cup next week. Kieren rode him with confidence and knows him well by now," said Goldie.

"He gave him time to build his confidence having got stuck in the stalls last time. The Ayr Gold Cup is the main aim."

Barry Hills has a smart juvenile on his hands and Group races beckon for Face The Problem after his easy victory in the Stakes for substitute Frankie Dettori. He was supposed to be ridden by Hills' son, Michael, but he got stuck in traffic near Tadcaster so the Italian stepped in and gave the crowd a wave as he passed the post a length and a quarter clear of Brave Dream.

Tracy Waggott landed the biggest win of her career when the game Destinys Dream (8/1) came down the middle of the track to win the EBF Fillies' Stakes.

"Today's race has been in my mind for a while and I'm delighted," said Waggott.

"She only just gets the mile and a half at Doncaster so a drop in trip today was ideal. I was delighted that it's dried up as she loves quick ground."

Richard Fahey, on the mark with Castles In The Air at Ascot, rarely leaves York without a winner and newcomer Common Touch added another to Hanagan's tally in the Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Linda Perratt's Wicked Daze made every yard of the running in the two-mile handicap in front of a crowd of 42,506, a modern-day record and 6,000 more than the corresponding day last year.

Sunday Independent

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