Medicean Man: Dubai could be next for popular veteranPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Medicean the man
as old favourite strikes
Report: Chelmsford, Monday
Bet Totetrifecta Handicap 5f, 3yo+
MEDICEAN MAN, who came so close to the biggest win of his career when a short-head second in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, recorded his first victory since February last year when defying top weight in the £45,000 5f handicap at Chelmsford on Monday.
The popular veteran often runs well at Ascot, but not even the assistance of Brazilian-born, Hong Kong champion Joao 'Magic Man' Moreira could prevent the Robert Cowell-trained Goldream triumphing at the royal meeting this summer.
Medicean Man was unable to build on that effort, arguably a career-best, but put things right when dashing home late under Martin Lane at Chelmsford.
Trainer Jeremy Gask said: "I'm thrilled. Nothing has gone right for him since Ascot. It was a nice pot today and more than likely he'll go to Dubai now."
Medicean Man, owned by Stuart and Kate Dobb, also has a fine record in Dubai, winning three times at Meydan.
Also on Monday
Bet Totequadpot Handicap 1m, 3yo+
MINDUROWNBUSINESS, progressive on the all-weather this year with wins at Lingfield and Wolverhampton, added a success at Chelmsford to his CV when he recorded a smooth victory in the track's £45,000 mile handicap on Monday.
The son of Cape Cross, who is trained by Roger Varian for Alan Spence, has now won five times from ten starts on the all-weather after overcoming Big Whiskey by a length and three-quarters.
Ridden by Jim Crowley, Mindurownbusiness travelled sweetly and picked up well.
Spence's son Mike, who confirmed the £150,000 Ladbrokes-backed mile race at Lingfield on Good Friday would be the four-year-old's main aim, said: "I spotted him at the end of last year and bought him out of David Simcock's yard - he caught my eye around Wolverhampton one day. I didn't expect Dad to buy him as he hadn't bought a horse in training for about 15 years.
"Roger's done a fantastic job. He was rated 90 when we got him and he's done superbly well - I didn't think he'd be that impressive when I bought him."
Crowley added: "He's a lovely little horse and will stay a little bit further. He put the race to bed nicely."