ARTSCAPE won a thrilling race yesterday evening at Kempton when getting up on the line to beat the hot odds-on favourite Al Sail by a nose in only his second ever race, a 6f maiden.
Ridden by Robert Winston, the 5yo son of Iffraaj out of a Cape Cross mare, was always handy and although the favourite was in front in the final straight, Artscape dug deep and landed the spoils where it mattered.
Bred by Darley Stud, he cost 100,000 guineas as a yearling and was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed but never ran for trainer Jim Bolger and was purchased at the 2015 Autumn Horses in Training Sale for 4,500 guineas.
After making a very promising debut for Dean over a mile at Chelmsford last September, when he pulled quite hard but was only beaten three and a quarter lengths, he was dropped in distance to 6f. Defying a 163 day absence and the widest draw (12 of 12), the shorter trip suited and the 14/1 shot prevailed.
It will be interesting to see what mark he receives from the handicapper but this exciting lightly raced sort could have a future at the very least in sprint handicaps. He’s another very useful asset in the Harper Lodge Farm armoury.