Diminutive Portugese Caddy wins big
REPORT: FOLKESTONE, Monday
IT may be misspelled and namedafter a golfing cheat but Portugese Caddy looks the real deal as he continues to knock holes in reputations, following up his debut 50-1 win with another mini-shock in the 6f novice stakes.
Third in of the four runners at 3-1, the Great Palm gelding made the most ofhis rail side draw, making virtually all to hold off the strong late challenge of newcomer Sign of Approval by a short-head.
Winning trainer Peter Winkworth said:"He is my first home-bred winner and is bred to be a jumper but as he is not very big wedecided to try him on the Flat and thank god we did."
The two-year-old gets his name from the trainer's golfing exploits as he hasa local rule on the golf course behind his Portuguese home.
"There are so many palm trees," the trainer explained: "That if our ball gets an unplayable lie we have the rule of a free kick out and we call that a Portugese Caddy - my grammar wasn't very good at school so I missed out the other ‘u'!"
Fergus Sweeney, consigned to his third second on Sign of Approval, had to battle with a slipping saddle when trying to pull up and lost the battle, ending up on the turf in the back straight.
The stewards invoked the rule that as he was unable to weigh in whilst he received attention on the course, he was assumed to have carried the correct weight.
Sweeney was taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up, having been shaken up in the fall.
The stricken jockey would have added another second if fit to ride Irish Pearl as the Karl Burke-trained filly wastouched off by Regal Royale in the rapidly-run 5f handicap.
Patrick Mathers impressed on the Peter Grayson-trained winner, who is a notoriously hard ride as he races lazily, adding another narrow success to the visored gelding's tally.
JohnBest is busy running his eye over the Keeneland Sale's lots in search of another flying machine to match Kingsgate Native and Flashmans Papers but in his absence Hucking Harness shed his maiden status in the 7f handicap.
Liam Keniry dived for the inside rail and saw no rivals to make all and beat the stands' side leader Palais Polaire.
Brian Meehan is another trainer in Keeneland for the sales but Mr Hichens continued his new winning ways, again responding to his winning partner Tadgh O'Shea.
The partnership are now three from three and the way they ran their rivals ragged in the 10f handicapsuggests they might not be finished yet.
Fearless Warrior followed up his recent course and distance win in some styleunder his 6lb penalty with rider Eddie Ahern taking a long leisurely look around at toiling rivals around the home bend as he joined issue with front-running China Pink.
The strongly-supported Peter Chapple-Hyam pair Brazilian Art (evens) and Mishrif (11-10) took both divisions of the 7f median auction maiden in the hands of Alan Munro.
Munro took the inside-rail line on Brazilian Art but had to work hard to subdue stands-side leader Zebrano, whom he had ridden last time.
It was much more straightforward on Mishrif, who went away from his rivals in the final furlong to consign Captain Ellis to a third straight second.
Fearless Warrior's transformation continues in blinkers.