Queally fires in quick across-the-card treble
REPORT: KEMPTON, Wednesday evening
THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION's website reports that Sandown and Kempton (both parks) are separated by 6.3 miles and, when the journey betwixt the two is taken by motor vehicle, just 20 minutes.
As a result of this close proximity, Tom Queally was able to seal an across-the-card treble by following up a win in the former track's last race with victory in the latter track's first.
Queally had departed Sandown after landing the 5.10pm finale on 20-1 outsider Gallego and was at Kempton in plenty of time to take part in the 6.20pm opener, which he duly landed on debutante Something Perfect, for whose trainer Henry Cecil Queally had also struck at Sandown on the exciting Wingwalker.
The rider did well to win on Something Perfect, as the newcomer's saddle slipped back by a significant degree during the 1m juvenile maiden, but the partnership was kept intact and the quirky but talented filly boxed on stoutly to overhaul Kalona.
"If the saddle had gone back another two inches, you would have been talking to me on the Polytrack," said Queally, whose mount ran in the colours of The Sticky Wicket Syndicate III, fronted by former England bowler Chris Silverwood, who said: "A lot of friends have shares in our syndicate horses with Henry, and there are quite a few new members involved with this filly,so it's wonderful that she has won for them first time out."
Like Queally, Cecil wascompleting a treble on the day, having also been successful at Yarmouth with Bouvardia.
In addition, he sent out three Wednesday seconds, and second had become Buddhist Monk's customary finishing position until his impressive triumph in last night's 1m4f maiden.
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained winner had filled the runner-up spot in four of his five previous outings, including when a 1-5 favourite at Hamilton last time, but onthis occasion he scored easily, as did Ray Of Joy in the 6f nursery.
However, nothing scored as easily as the front-running King's Wonder, who positively annihilated his rivals and came within 0.52sec ofbreaking the course record when losing his maiden tag atthe 12th time of asking in the 7f handicap.
"That was unbelievable," said rider Martin Dwyer. "He has always threatened to do that - he was working like a machine early in the spring."
Morehard fought was the victory of Oasis Sun in the 1m4f handicap, but although sent off 20-1, the Andrea Atzeni-ridden winner was not surprising trainer John Best's assistant Martin Smith, who held in his hand a £5 each-way voucher to prove the point.
At 25-1, Miss Serena sprang an even bigger shock when popping up in the 2m handicap for Pam Sly, the only winning trainer present at Kempton.
William Haggas was one of the missing many, which meant he was not here to see Priti Fabulous collect under Jamie Spencer in the 1m handicap sponsored by Gay Kelleway in memory of her former hack Arctic Desert, who lost his life at Kempton earlier in the year.
With Haggas missing, mother-in-law Susan Piggott represented the stable, as she had at Sandown earlier in the afternoon.
"She's a lovely filly and so genuine," said Piggott, who found herself with time to spare after arriving at Kempton and duly made the most of it. She had, in her own words, "a kip in the car park".
King's Ransom should be Breeders' Cup-bound given how easily he won the 7f handicap.