Rosy Mantle roars to maiden victory
REPORT: GREAT LEIGHS, Thursday evening
ROSY MANTLE gave a smart performance to providetrainer William Muir with a 16-1 success in the 6f fillies' maiden.
Lambourn trainer Muir hot-footed it from the sales' ring in Doncaster to saddle the debutant Daylami filly and his trip proved worthwhile.
Rosy Mantle stormed through the closing strides to master fellow newcomer Strictly and win by two lengths in a new juvenile track record time of 1m.13.59 seconds.
Muir pointed the way to the valuable Watership Down race at Ascot later this month and she won't be out of place in it, judged on her debut effort.
He said: "I thought she would win here. We were going to go to Chester with her a long time ago and declared her. But the day before, shewas slightly lame behind with a minor problem and I've just quietly brought her back."
The opening 6f apprentices' race was marred by an apparently serious injury sustained by Chris Hough, who was due to ride Lost All Alone.
Hough was taken to hospital near Chelmsford with fears that he had broken a leg. He was hurt as the David Simcock-trained Lost All Alone ducked under the stalls just before the start.
The race itself saw Piccolo Diamante scupper a couple of significant gambles with Tolley Dean shown to good effect.
The Young Fella, Charlotte Grey and Ramblin Bob were all the subject of strong support in the market but were floored by 16-1 chance Piccolo Diamante.
Dean had his mount handy early on and was well positioned to challenge down the straight. Piccolo Diamante collared long-time leader Carmine Rock over 1f out and then kept on wellinthe closing strides to score by one-and-half lengths from favourite Charlotte Grey.
Winning trainer Stewart Parr said: "The thing with him is to keep him relaxed. He gets himself in a bit of a tizz sometimes. The secret is to take him down early which we did. The polytrack suits him and he is in at Kempton on Monday but we will see how he is on Friday."
An eventful contest resulted in a two-day ban (September 25-26) for careless riding for Patrick Hills, rider of The Young Fella - who could only finish ninth.
Pressed For Time built on her victory in selling company last time by following up in the 5f nursery. Ridden by Edward Creighton for his father Eddie, the powerfully-built filly wore down Red Cell inside the final furlong and had no problem in holding on from First Choice.
The trainer, who has just moved to Mill Hill from a Hungerford base, said of his 11-2 winner: "I was delighted to see the way she stayed on there. She is a lovely-looking filly and she has plenty of speed. We will see what we do from here - we might give her a bit of a rest."
Trainer Henry Cecil clearly enjoys sending runners to Great Leighs and Kritzia provided him with his fourth scorer from just 13 Warren Places representatives at the Essex track.
Fourth at Great Yarmouth on her previous start, the 9-2 favourite steamrollered her field in the 1m 6f handicap to score eased down by jockey Ted Durcan.
Jollyhockeysticks, after eight placed efforts, finally got off the mark at the 17th time of asking as she bagged the 1m handicap.
The concluding classified stakes went to the David Evans-trained Valdan, who ran out a convincing winner from Sunny Spells.
Rosy Mantle really impressed as she made a victorious start to her career, winning the fillies' maiden in a new two-year-old track record for six furlongs.