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Presvis (nearside) lands the 20008 John Smith's Stakes at Newbury

Presvis heads Cambridgeshire market after John Smith's Stakes victory

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Presvis gallops to head of Cambridgeshire market


THE statistics told the story as Presvis gave Luca Cumani his third John Smith's Stakes winner in the past five years, relentlessly galloping himself to the head of the Cambridgeshire market.

Settled on the outside behind a stop-start pace, the 11-2 chance smoothly swept past the long-time leaders Rose Street and Beauchamp Viceroy inside the final two furlongs and drew away to score by seven lengths under Ryan Moore.

Big market negative Rose Street kept on bravely for Richard Kingscote to deny 14-1 shot Indian Days the runner-up spot.

The 7-2 favourite Ask The Butler was barely sighted having suffered behind the slow pace and been one of many badly hampered by bunching in the early stages.

"Ryan Moore apologised for winning so easily - Sir Michael Stoute has not been teaching him well," joked Cumani.

"I am not sure the Cambridgeshire would suit him. It was a slow-run race and I think he needs a mile and a half really.

"We'll see. There is also the November Handicap and the option of taking him to Dubai during the winter.

"The pace was not suitable for either Ask The Butler or Monte Alto and they had a bit of trouble in-running. They could still go for the Cambridgeshire but with all three horses I would also be worried about the short gap between the two races."

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