SCOTS trainer Keith Dalgleish has his string in tremendous form, and Black Treacle added another to his tally in the freebets.co.uk Selling Stakes at Ripon.
Already a winner at Beverley in June, the 2-1 chance had not been out of the first four in all his five races to date. However, jockey PJ McDonald’s instructions went out of the window early on as Song Of Rowland showed good speed to go clear at halfway before he began to tire, with Black Treacle eventually coming home 2¼ lengths clear of staying-on 6-5 favourite Sartori.
McDonald said: “Keith was fairly confident this morning, he thought I’d bounce out and make all but when David O’Meara’s (Song Of Rowland) took me on for the lead my lad dropped the bridle a bit. To be fair to him he’s seen the trip out really well and he’d hold his own in a better grade or can keep picking up races like this.” There was no bid for the winner.
Meanwhile, Jwala may end her racing career in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint following her victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes.
The four-year-old filly, who will retire to the paddocks at the end of the season, will first head for the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on 6 October after her success in the five-furlong Group 1 at York on Friday. That win gave her an automatic entry to the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, giving connections food for thought.
“She seems to have come out of it in really good order,” said trainer Robert Cowell. “The Abbaye is definite and she won’t be racing next year, but there’s a possibility she may take up an invite for the Breeders’ Cup. It’s something she’s got an automatic invitation to. The owners are mulling over their options at the moment. They probably don’t have a lot to lose so there’s a small chance she may take up that engagement as well.”
Spirit Quartz could try to bounce back in the Abbaye after a poor run in the Nunthorpe in which he had finished runner-up 12 months earlier.
“We were a little disappointed with him. The occasion got to him and he was upset in the paddock and before the race,” said Cowell. “He wasn’t like that last year when he was second to Ortensia. I’m not sure why.
“We’re going to check him out in the next couple of days and make sure there’s nothing going on. If all’s OK he’ll go for the Abbaye.”
Cowell was delighted with Kingsgate Native, who was a close fifth in the York dash.
2.15 Smart Payer
3.25 Opera Fan
4.30 Fantasy In Blue
2.00 Chloe’s Image
2.30 Simply Black
4.15 Triple Eight
4.45 Sardanapalus (nap)
5.25 The Lodge Road
5.55 Alderbrook Lad
6.25 Bennys Quest
6.55 Hit The Top
7.25 Claude Carter
7.55 Our Crusade
4.40 Sarah Berry
5.45 Black Vale
6.15 Akeed Dubawi
7.15 Lilly White
7.45 Mick Dundee.