Rajinsky stars in the Cesarewitch trial
By Graham Clark
Hugo Palmer has praised rising star Harry Davies after his victory aboard Rajinsky in the Turners Cesarewitch Trial Handicap at Newmarket today, describing his performance in the saddle as an ‘extraordinary driving feat’.
Not seen since finishing fourth at the Northumberland Plate in June, the six-year-old challenged for the highest weight under Davies, who is battling with Benoit De La Sayette to be crowned apprentice champion, to do it all in the contest of two and a quarter miles. .
In the lead as soon as the pits opened, the gelded son of Zoffany, who also finished third in this year’s Chester Cup, was not one to pass under a determined Davies, despite being pressed from all angles in the race to the line.
Although allowing the Prince Imperial to carve a path closest to the other side, that the 9-2 chance had remained close for much of the race, after moving slightly to the right, it did not did not stop the momentum of Rajinksy, who went past the post with a length. and a quarter to spare on the Prince Imperial.
Palmer, speaking away from the track, said: ‘To do more than two and a quarter miles as an apprentice on what was probably the first time he had done the two and a quarter miles, it was a extraordinary driving feat.
“Obviously you need the horse to be up to it, but my goodness he rode it well on ground that was probably fast for him.
“I’m delighted with the way the horse has improved throughout the year, although it has been frustrating as he has only been limited to four races.
“He’s a ground dependent horse and he probably got through it today.
“I just thought if the pitch was good we should take a look at it and if we go for the Cesarewitch I felt we should have a run ahead.
“Today was a good race to win. He’s a lovely horse and he wears his heart on his sleeve.
As Rajinsky was brought down from 25-1 to 14-1 by Paddy Power for Club Godolphin Cesarewitch on October 8, the Classic-winning handler insisted an outing in the historic prize was not etched in marble.
Palmer added: “He’s going to get a penalty now but we had to take a chance but maybe we would have cooked our goose.
“We were hoping to come for the Cesarewitch but the ground is about to dry out so we might end up going to France for some of those races that stay there.
“He’s not that far from the Listed and Group classes and in the remaining division the air is getting very thin there.
“I’m just speaking off the cuff here, but we might be thinking of trying something like the Royal-Oak Prize.”
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As for winning jockey Davies, who was celebrating his 50th winner of the season, he hailed Rajinsky as an “absolute legend”.
He said: “This horse is an absolute legend. He’s a good kind of stayer and he’s had some good races this year.
“He just keeps getting better. Today there was no pace. I wanted to sit on the leader’s circumference and he’s so easy and tries so hard. I had in mind that if anyone didn’t want to go, I could do the work myself.
“He hits the line really hard on this trip and it’s a blast to ride.”
Coach Tom Tate admitted it would be a ‘great pleasure’ if he could return Sources of Equiano at Newmarket Rowley’s Mile in 12 months after winning the Turners Park Homes Handicap for the third time in what he described as a Tom Queally ‘masterclass’.
After clinching the six furlong sprint in 2019 and 2021, the perennial eight-year-old continued his love affair with the course by once again taking top honors in a race he made his own with the victory under the driver Queally, winner of the Classic.
Although he briefly appeared to have his work cut inside the final quarter mile, having appeared to move strongly into contention, the 100-30 favorite ended up missing a comfortable three-quarter length winner from Celsius.
Tate said: “It suits him here. Tom Queally said when he first won here that it suited him here and he said to come back because it didn’t suit all of them.
“It’s not an easy ride. Luckily we have our own gallops and you also have to pull it up at a certain point.
“If I know I have Tom on board I don’t care and he gave it another one-lap masterclass. It’s the fifth time he’s won at Newmarket – four here and once on the other track.
“I don’t know if there will be another race here for him this year, but he needs better ground because he is not good on soft.
“We’ll just take it one day at a time. It would be a great pleasure to be back here next year.
Pam Sly will always have a special affiliation with Rowley Mile following Speciosa’s victory in the 2006 1000 Guineas and the dual-purpose trainer enjoyed more success on the track on Saturday following the victory of Beautiful Astral.
After scoring for the first time since her winning debut at Leicester in the July lesson last month, filly Brazen Beau added to that win with a neckline in the seven furlong Turners Handicap at the scene of her grandfather’s famous triumph. -mother.
Sly said of the 17-2 winner: “The course was a bit faster (than on the July course). I told Shane (Kelly, jockey) that when she hit the sloping ground she might be fine.
“He’s a great guy and I don’t know why he doesn’t get the rides. It’s always nice to have a winner here and I love coming to Newmarket.
As for her now retired Classic winner, she added: “We still have Speciosa at home even though it’s no longer full. She had nine or ten foals and the last of them, Wintercrack, is currently in training with us.
Richard Hills’ days in the saddle may be over, but the now-retired Classic-winning rider celebrated something of a triumph after the success of Al Husn (9-2) who overcame a 152-day absence to clinch the Turners Fillies handicap over a mile.
After teaming up with the Roger Varian-trained three-year-old on the Hills gallops was on hand to watch the Dubawi girl make her handicap debut triumphantly winning by a length and a quarter under Dane O’Neill.
Hills, who is assistant racing director for winning owners Shadwell Estate Company, said: “She won earlier in the year at Kempton and did it well. She just had a little setback but she came back and handled the track well today like she didn’t the first time around.
“She’s an improving filly and there’s no reason why she shouldn’t get a mile and a quarter. I would say she could make a Listing at some point.
“I recently rode her with another, and they both won and I threatened to pull out the riding boots!”
Few managers have their youth team in better condition than Ralph Beckett who celebrated his 20th two-year-old winner of the season after the first success of trust the stars (9-1) in the first thousand Turners British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Hector Crouch, celebrating his sixth consecutive winner in the last three days, said: “There were a lot of signs of greenness in there and she found the ground fast there as it dried out a lot.
“She will come for this. If she has another race before the end of the year, I will leave that to her owners and Mr. Beckett.
“I imagine she will fill her big frame. She is an exciting prospect for next year.