Spencer grabs double on drab evening
REPORT: KEMPTON, Friday evening
JAMIE SPENCER and Brian Meehan have proved to be a deadly partnership at Kempton in recent times and the duo improved on their 30 per cent strike rate at the rain-lashed track last night when Crowded House left his rivals for dead in the 1m maiden stakes.
Spencer had the luxury of easing down the Racing Post Trophy entry to a three-and-half length victory and owner Jonathan Harvey, who owns the colt with Carmen Burrell, is already looking forward to next year.
"Being sired by Rainbow Quest, we're really more conscious about next year. For now we'll let thehorse show us the way, but we have a very high opinion of him," said Harvey.
Spencer brought up the first leg of his 10-1 double with Rocket Rob, who showed plenty of durability on his third race in eight days to wipe rookie handler Simon Callaghan's name off the cold trainers' list.
Callaghan had gone 24 days and 33 runs without a winnerand will no doubt receive a pat on the back from father Neville, who joint owns the horse with Bill Hinge and John Searchfield.
Searchfield said: "He's a tough and progressive sort - tougher than I gave him credit for - andhe takes his racing really. The Callaghans have always loved this horse and he came well recommend."
Spencer was denied a treble when finishing third behind Adorn in the 6f maiden fillies' stakes and Cheveley Park look to have yet another classy filly in their ranks, judging by the way 5-6 shot quickened in the blink of an eye under Ryan Moore.
Moore was unlucky not to notch a brace of his own in the last when Ajhar swooped close home to collar Ascot Lime shaving nearly half a second off the 1m3f course record of 2m 18.15 set by Al Tharib in 2007.
On a night when the first three favourites obliged, Moonlife gave the layers some relief by fending off the well-backed Say No Now in the 7f conditions stakes for fillies.
The success was another for in-form Godolphin and a rain-soaked Frankie Dettori said: "It's the first time I've rode her, but she got bogged down at Windsor last time. This was a decent enough event."
David Probert wrapped up the Weatherbys apprentice series with a race to spare on Wednesday, but that did not stop Jamie Hamblett registering his own landmark success in the final leg.
The apprentice, who won the corresponding race last season, rode out his 7lb claim when Grand Vizier gained the upper hand in a blanket finish to the 1m event.
"He's travelled better than I thought he would, the strong pace suitedand he won coming away," Hamblett said.
Ashley Morgan was found guilty of improper riding on Danetime Panther and the stewards banned him for one day (Sept 19).
Crowded House lit up a damp and gloomy evening with an electric display in the 1m maiden stakes.