FIGHTING TEMERAIRE achieved back-to-back wins when winning comfortably at Newmarket’s July course last night following a more nail-biting victory some four weeks previously at Lingfield.
There were similarities about both races. Both were 7f handicaps, Martin Dwyer was the jockey aboard on both occasions and the starting price was 9/4 for both wins (favourite at Lingfield). However, there the similarities end as the way the horse won was quite different.
Last time, the 6yo son of Invincible Spirit was held up and had to wait for a gap and he left it rather late to collar the leader and was first past the post by a neck. This time, although held up, his passage was much smoother. Well in touch three out, he was ridden to lead a furlong from home and went clear with the winning margin 2 1/4 lengths at the line.
Despite going up 9lbs for his Lingfield win which wasn’t totally unreasonable given that the front two pulled six lengths clear this win was arguably more impressive. He travelled strongly into the race and came with an impressive run, winning with something up his sleeve. The handicapper will undoubtedly jack him up the ratings once more but if he gets suitable conditions again (he likes fast ground), he could well achieve the hat-trick.
It is always nice to see back-to-back wins and the stable has enjoyed a few this year. Sir Prize had back-to-back success at Kempton in January while Fantastic Flyer had all-weather back-to-back wins in March and April. Badenscoth achieved the feat, not once but twice with victories in the spring at Wolverhampton and after a minor blip, did the same again, striking at Chelmsford and Sandown.
The win was the 27th for the yard from 296 runs at a healthy strike rate of 14%.