Stylish success for Shabaaby at Doncaster
Last Updated: 13/09/17 5:53pm
Shabaaby continued his progression with a thoroughly impressive display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes at Doncaster.
The Owen Burrows-trained juvenile was third behind high-class filly Nyaleti on his racecourse debut at Salisbury in June and confirmed that promise with a dominant success at Newmarket last month.
With Demons Rock the 6-4 favourite to secure a fifth consecutive victory, Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shabaaby was second best in the market at 13-8, but the result was scarcely in doubt.
Champion jockey Jim Crowley settled his mount in behind Beatbox Rhythm for much of the six-furlong journey and once given his head, Shabaaby shot clear to score by seven lengths.
John Kirkup came through to beat Beatbox Rhythm to the runner-up spot, while Demons Rock was a bitterly disappointing last of four runners.
Burrows said: "He's done that very nicely and he's improving with every run, which is great.
"He's a very straightforward horse. He settles well and when you pull him out, he's got a fair amount of gears.
"Originally we mentioned that might be it for the season. He's proved he handles plenty of cut in the ground. I'll have a chat with the team, they're back from Keeneland tomorrow and we'll see."
Nobleman's Nest got back on the winning trail in the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium Nursery.
Beaten just a nose into second place on his introduction here in July, the son of Poet's Voice readily went one better at Newmarket next time, but last month's Gimcrack at York proved a bridge too far.
Dropping into handicap company, Simon Crisford's colt was the 5-2 market-leader under Silvestre de Sousa and comfortably put his rivals to bed with a one-and-a-half-length verdict.
Crownthorpe was a clear runner-up ahead of Placebo Effect in third.
"York was a massive disappointment and we couldn't work out why he ran so badly," said Crisford.
"He only ran for two furlongs and I don't know what happened there. We came here still with lots of belief in him and fancied him to win, and he did.
"He travelled well, put that race to bed very quickly and he's a nice, straightforward and uncomplicated colt.
"We might find a Listed race somewhere, we'll see how much he goes up in the ratings.
"There might be another nursery in him yet, you never know."
Encore D'Or picked up the pieces late on to win his first race on turf in the Pepsi Max Scarbrough Stakes.
Robert Cowell's five-year-old has a good strike-rate having won six of his 23 career starts ,but all his previous successes had been on the all-weather.
With Ryan Moore content to sit some way off the fast pace Frankie Dettori set on Thesme, the complexion of the race changed with two furlongs to run.
The favourite Final Venture never looked like rewarding the faith but it was Clive Cox's Razzmatazz, previously just a maiden winner, who briefly looked like scoring.
Deep inside the final furlong, though, Encore D'Or (13-2) picked up well to win going away by a length.
Cowell's assistant, Greg Chung, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I'm not sure how competitive it was, but it worked out well and he got a nice tow into the race.
"Ryan spoke to Robert earlier and they decided on their strategy and Ryan did everything that he said he was going to do, so it worked out well today."
Cox was delighted with the performance of the runner-up Razzmatazz and also saddled the third home, Go On Go On Go On.
"I'm over the moon - the pair of them have managed to pick up some black type, which makes them very valuable," said the Lambourn-based trainer.
"Razzmatazz has had a busy 10 days after winning at Kempton last week and the other filly (Go On Go On Go On) has run a great race as well.
"We'll see how they come out of it before making any plans. The second filly could run again as she's proved today she goes on softer ground. The third definitely prefers quicker ground, which makes her performance today all the more creditable."
Recently-retired National Hunt jockey Brian Harding drove home Off Art to win the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster.
Harding, who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on One Man in 1998, spent nearly all of his career connected to the Gordon and Nicky Richards stable in Greystoke, Cumbria.
Off Art (5-1), without a win since 2013, had hinted at a return to form last time out and got up close home to provide his in-form trainer Tim Easterby with a birthday winner.
For the last two furlongs Adrian Nicholls appeared to have everything covered on Fire Palace, with Ian Mongan on Character Onesie in there battling too.
Even Ollie Pears threatened to get involved on Detachment but his run petered out up the rail.
Harding used all his notable strength from the saddle to prevail by half a length.
Harding said: "That was hard work but it was good fun! I ride out three or four horses every day who are breakers (being broken in) but then you come and do this? I thought, 'oh my God.' No, it was good fun really.
"I am 45 in two weeks' time and I left home when I was 15, so I was a jockey for almost 30 years. It just takes a little getting away from. But I do the jockey coaching job and that keeps me a bit involved.
"Jamie Gormley is one of mine and he is a good lad and there are some cracking good jumps lads too."
Easterby said: "It's a wonderful race to be involved in, it's such a big day for racing. A lot of money is raised for charities that need it. Once racing stops, for a lot of these guys riding and working in the industry, things can happen and they need support.
"Brian's ridden plenty for me over the years so it was great to have him. A brilliant, solid jockey who always gave a horse a good ride. You never had any problems with him and you didn't have to give him orders.
"I'd like him to come and school some for us, that's for sure."