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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Los Cerritos thrives in the snow but falls foul of stewards

Runners on the snow at St Moritz
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Oliver Greenall says the unique conditions at St Moritz have sparked an improvement in Los Cerritos, who finished a demoted third in Sunday's Grosser Preis Longines in the snow.

The five-year-old was beaten three-quarters of a length by Soundtrack in the 1m1f contest, with Fabrino four and a quarter lengths back in third. However, connections of Fabrino made an objection to the stewards, who subsequently placed Los Cerritos third and promoted Fabrino to the runner-up slot.

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"He crossed the third horse's path down the back straight and they made an objection," reported Greenall. "It's a great run - on paper he had no chance and he's been disappointing us in England.

"Since he's been out there he's been a different horse. He loves the snow and it's just lit him up, he's run an absolute cracker. The jockey [Alexander Pietsch] said he probably got there a bit early and that if he had held onto him a little bit he probably would have won."

The John Best-trained Eddystone Rock was fourth in the same race, while the trainer saddled Gung Ho Jack to finish sixth in the 6½f Grosser Preis Wroclawski Tor Wyscigow Konnych and Berrahri to be fifth in the 1m Preis White Turf Jockey Club St Moritz.

He loves the snow and it's just lit him up, he's run an absolute cracker

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