Group company next for impressive Wingwalker
REPORT: SANDOWN, Wednesday
WINGWALKER lit up Sandown's final Flat card of theseason when overcoming traffic problems to win the 7f novice impressively.
In a steadily-run race Wingwalker was keen through the early stages, as he had been at Newmarket on his debut, then found himself trapped on the rail going into the final two furlongs, but when Tom Queally eased him outside he quickened up smartly to beat Rileyskeepingfaith and Touching easily by two lengths.
Henry Cecil's Dansili colt was introduced to William Hill's 2,000 Guineas betting at 25-1, and he is the same odds with VCbet for the Derby.
Cecil was not present, but he was evidently pleased with him and so were Queally and owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Beckett.
Queally, who completed a double on 20-1 chance Gallego in the 1m2f handicap, said: "They couldn't go fast enough for him and he was still a little bit green, but he's answered all the questions we've asked of him sofar."
Beckett said: "He was a little bit fresh and the pace wasn't fast enough, but once he got out he changed gears.
"He's on a learning curve and we'll probably have to step him up a bit now."
The Dewhurst is a more likely end-of-season target than the Racing Post Trophy, and in the meantime Wingwalker could well run in Newmarket's Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes.
Beckett sees no reason why he would not stay the Derby trip, although he is not short of speed.
Michael Bell saddled a winner for the Queen with the first horse he has had for her when Four Winds beat Ra Junior by two lengths in the 1m maiden.
If jockey Jamie Spencer is any judge the Red Ransom colt is one we shall here plenty more of, and William Hill introduced him to their Derby list at 33-1.
Spencer beamed: "That'll make the winter shorter. I love him."
He added: "We've only had him in since Ascot and he had a lot of catching up to do, but he caught up quickly.
"He still looked quite heavy in the paddock and the boss has left something to work on.
"I think there's a lot of untapped potential there, and he's something to look forward to."
Speaking by phone, Bell, who was unable to be present, said: "He's a nice staying horse in the making. I'll talk to John Warren and the Queen and make a plan."
Wingwalker impressed and fully deserves the step up to Group company