Glorious Empire a well-backed Lingfield winner for Ed Walker
A review of Wednesday's action at Lingfield as Glorious Empire was a well-backed winner for the Ed Walker yard.
Last Updated: 09/04/14 7:10pm
Warren Place in Newmarket is a far different place without the late Sir Henry Cecil around but the historic stable produced three winners for two different trainers on a fine spring afternoon at Lingfield.
Glorious Empire (5/4 favourite) looks to be following the same upward trajectory as Ed Walker, who is now a Warren Place tenant, as he extended his unbeaten record to two.
Then Lady Cecil herself sent out a double, with Morning Watch (6/1) staying past 6/4 favourite Belrog in the 32Red On The App Store Maiden Stakes and Grasped eventually justifying her position as 1/3 favourite for the 32Red Immortal Romance Slot Fillies' Handicap.
The 32Red Tomb Raider Slot Handicap was as low-key as Glorious Empire's opening assignment at Kempton last November, but the already-gelded son of Holy Roman Emperor seems to have Walker quietly excited.
Glorious Empire was always to the head of affairs but what was most impressive was the way he found extra in the home straight and drew a length and three-quarters away from Outback Traveller.
"I was a bit disappointed he played up in the stalls and was a bit keen in the first couple of furlongs but he's a very scopey horse with lots of speed," said Walker.
"We'll just see what the handicapper does but this was a nice start. I'd like to try him on a galloping track. He's Hong Kong-owned and the stallion is very popular out there so we'll see what happens, but the owners are also happy to keep them here."
James Doyle was in the hotseat for both Lady Cecil's runners and he had to work pretty hard on the unbeaten Grasped in the Khalid Abdullah silks.
Assistant trainer George Scott said: "She's still got a lot to learn and I'd say that's the last time you'll see her over a mile.
"Jane will have a chat to the Abdullah team and work out a plan."
Morning Watch, who caught the eye on his debut at Kempton, looks a longer-distance project.
Scott said: "I'm sure he'll come on for the run but it was encouraging to see him stay a mile and a half.
"We'll see what the handicapper does but he takes his training well so hopefully he'll take his racing well and give De La Warr Racing some fun."
Ryan Tate sat tight following a hectic pace for the 32Red Free 10 Bonus Handicap as he delivered Nimble Kimble (16/1) through for in-form Newmarket trainer James Eustace.
"She had deserved to win a maiden before now and she had been working nicely," Eustace said.
"There's a seven-furlong fillies' race back here at the end of the month and we might look at that before trying her over a mile."
Indian Violet (8/1) got a good ride from Jim Crowley in division one of the Ladbrokes Handicap for local trainer Zoe Davidson, who said: "He's tricky and what he needs is a good pace. Everything worked out for him today."
The winning margin was also a neck in division two, in favour of 6/4 favourite Olivers Mount for Ed Vaughan and Oisin Murphy, who was given a three-day careless riding ban (April 23-25).
Murphy went on to complete a double with victory on Tilstarr (4/1) for trainer Roger Teal in the 32Red.com Fillies' Handicap and deny Doyle, on runner-up Havelovewilltravel, a treble.
Drawnfromthepast (14/1) will join Walker from Luke Dace after winning the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Classified Claiming Stakes.