Hectic time ahead for Prescription after success
REPORT: LINGFIELD, Tuesday
SIR MARK PRESCOTT is not a name that immediately springs to mind when the subject of knives crops up, but the baronet was quick to adopt hoodie tactics and get his blade out after Prescription romped home in the apprentice handicap.
Racing off a mark of 73 on her handicap debut, Prescott was taking no chances that any lead would drop out of the saddle, and after an embarrassing few minutes where neither winning jockey Rosie Jessop nor Chris Richardson of owners Cheveley Park Stud were able to remove the tightly fastened saddle, Prescott - with trademark cigar gripped firmly between teeth throughout - flicked open the Swiss Army knife and prized open the buckle - having thought momentarily that he would have to cut the leather.
"I askedher if it was my saddle or hers ," he said, shortly after the manoeuvre, "and when I found out it was hers I was keener to cut it."
Heath House inmates who start off their handicap careers in such modest company often face a busy time soon after their first success, and that looks to be the case for Prescription now.
Prescott continued: "She has plenty of entries and, even if I have to carry her there on a stretcher, she will run somewhere without a penalty. I have her entered over five, six and seven furlongs so I have every eventuality covered before retribution is visited upon us."
Dewhurst entry Spring Of Fame landed some decent bets when he came home five lengths clear of his nearest pursuer under Paul Hanagan in the finale and trainer Mikael Magnusson clearly expects there to be more to come from his colt.
He said: "He's a nice horse and he's still a big baby so we have not worked him hard.
"He needed the experience today and this will put him spot on. He will be a phenomenal three-year-old."
Top-weight Cool Art took the nursery in the colours of Matthew Green, after which Neville Callaghan, father of trainer Simon, and the colt's part-owner said: "We have always thought he was better than this. Maybe he is still learning but I am very pleased he has now won two races and hopefully he'll go on."
Having made the frame just once in seven previous starts, Royal Straight was sent off a 20-1 chance for the opening claimer, and his length and three-quarters success looked to have come as something ofa surprise, not only to the market but also to trainer Ben Pollock.
Winning rider Neil Callan said afterwards: "I spoke to Ben this morning and he wasn't expecting much."
JP Guillambert, who picked up a two-day ban for careless riding - September 30 & October 1 - on board Blacktoft in the opener, had a better time of it in the 1m4f handicap, scoring on the Roy Brotherton-trained War Of The Roses.
Lowly Lingfield maidens would not have been on the agenda for Mutheeb and Dialogue earlier in their lives, but both have now managed to get their heads in front, the first named obliging under Martin Dwyer by half a length and the second scoring by a hard fought neck for Joe Fanning.
The best was very definitely left to last as Spring Of Fame shaped as if he was going places as he took the finale in convincing style