A review of the action from Ffos Las
Last Updated: 05/08/14 6:45pm
A review of the action from Ffos Las where a David Evans-trained youngster sprung a surprise in the opening contest.
David Evans has become a specialist at preparing two-year-olds and he caused a 25-1 surprise with As A Dream in the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Ffos Las.
The Abergavenny-based trainer had not been exactly confident, as his charge had not offered much in four previous starts and he had not suggested to joint-owner Arwyn Morgans that she was worth an investment.
As the disappointing odds-on favourite Khawaater weakened, Escrick appeared to have done the hard work but As A Dream cut her down in the closing stages and won by a length to complete the Welsh connection under Bargoed-born David Probert.
Morgans, a butcher from Builth Wells, said: "I can't believe it. The first time she ran at Windsor, the ground was loose and she loved it but when it got harder she struggled.
"She's an Azamour, so she liked it a bit softer.
"I've been with David for a long, long time. I didn't have a penny on, I asked David if I should have a bet, he said 'no, we'll wait and see'. At least the missus has backed her at 33-1!"
Willy Twiston-Davies was left alone in front on Gracie's Games (12-1) in the Brand New 32Red Sport.com Handicap but had plenty of support from the mare as she sprinted three and a quarter lengths clear.
"I spoke to John Spearing (trainer) on the way down, he seemed quietly confident," Twiston-Davies told At The Races.
"I let roll her down the hill, I thought I'd sit to the two-pole and gave her a squeeze. The draw helped but no-one wanted to go and I got an easy lead."
The stewards noted the trainer's representative's explanation that Gracie's Games may have benefited from being in foal.
The young rider then teamed up with his father Nigel, far better known as a National Hunt trainer, with a tactically astute ride on Golden Jubilee (11-1) in the Barry Walters Catering Handicap.
"I've been winding dad up and told him he's only just got him fit," said Twiston-Davies jnr.
"He's got a great attitude and he likes Ffos Las. I knew he stayed very well so I wanted to play with the pace a little and wind it up in the straight. He's the most lovely horse."
Grayswood (5-1) posted his second victory in 18 career starts when thwarting challenges from Rowlestone Lass and Sweeping Rock in the 32Red Casino Handicap.
Jockey Martin Dwyer, riding for father-in-law William Muir, said: "He was due a win. We tried him over two miles but it didn't work out, he pulled too hard. The drop back to a mile and six helped him."
Veteran trainer Barry Hills has his string in good shape and Artistic Muse (20-1) stayed on best in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap while there was another front-running winner of the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Handicap in Shimba Hills (6-1).
In the latter race, there was a 14-day ban in store for Declan Bates, rider of fourth-placed Distant High.
The stewards decided he had not taken all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing, not riding out a horse that could have finished third. You can watch the video replay here.
It was his second such offence within the last 12 months and they suspended him from August 20 to September 2.
The 32Red.com Handicap went to Cam Hardie and Appyjack (6-1).