FIGHTING TEMERAIRE, the rank outsider of an eleven-runner field won at 33/1 last night at Lingfield and so recorded his seventh career success. How did he go off at such huge odds?
While he had never raced on the Surrey track’s all-weather, he had won at the track on the turf over last night’s 7f trip. A previous dual winner at Chelmsford, the 7yo son of Invincible Spirit broke well and was always handy, travelling well behind the leaders. Ridden in the home straight, he took it up inside the final furlong and won by a length and a quarter from Blame Culture with stablemate, Eljaddaaf a fast finishing third.
Fighting Temeraire relishes 7f, this being his sixth over the trip whilst all-weather and turf come alike to him. Running off a mark of 79, some 10lbs below his highest winning mark back in July 2016, what was a little surprising was his 33/1 starting price, even allowing for the fact that the stable has been quiet of late.
Stable companion, Eljaddaaf came off the pace nicely under Joey Haynes and he too likes the seven furlong trip. Only half a length behind the runner-up, this looked like a return to from and this nine-times winner continues to remain competitive at the age of nine.
An hour later, Rock Of Redmond nearly made it a huge stable and George Downing double as the 3yo Rock of Gibraltar filly, sent off at 50/1 was beaten just a neck in her first try over a mile. She had shown signs of ability in previous runs and on this effort, her turn should not be too far away.
The stable has been quiet since the resumption of racing at the beginning of the month but hopefully these good results yesterday are signs that the horses have turned the corner.