Speculative Bid could return to Ascot for next month’s Royal meeting after he stretched his unbeaten record in 2015 to three with a tidy victory in the Totescoop6 Victoria Cup.
Speculative Bid hasn’t been the soundest of individuals since he joined David Elsworth’s team last year, but the trainer’s decision to let the 10-1 shot take his chance on the drying ground proved spot on.
Jamie Spencer uncorked his strong-travelling mount to go clear inside the distance, before readily holding the staying on Lincoln by half a length. The pair were two and a quarter lengths clear of Hawkeyethenoo.
Elsworth recalled going close in this race with Bonnie Brae, and said: “He’s had problems, issues with his soundness and the ground was definitely a concern.
“He went wrong last year on Polytrack, but had done well on the surface this season. I knew he would go on the ground today, but the reason I let him run was that it was a big pot.
“We’ll have to see how he is and maybe think about coming back for the Hunt Cup.”
The rest of the card belonged to James Doyle, who following successes on Penhill (13-8 favourite) in the Leo Bancroft Signature Haircare Handicap and Temptress (9-2) in the Garrard Fillies’ Handicap, secured a fine treble aboard Steady Pace (10-1).
Lining up in the Totepool Racing’s Biggest Supporter Maiden Stakes, the Godolphin runner showed the demeanour of an experienced operator to pick off his foes and come home unchallenged by two and three-quarter lengths from the gigantic Beaverbrook.
At Haydock, War Sound justified market support as he gave 7lb claimer Ciaran Gethings the biggest win of his career so far in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.
Philip Hobbs’ charge was sent off the 6-1 favourite and Gethings kept his cool in the early stages as Fergall, Arzal and Vodka Wells set a decent pace which saw a number of the field well out of contention turning for home.
However, Gethings had War Sound perfectly positioned in the chasing pack before making his bid for home, with stablemate Cheltenian among those to set out in pursuit.
War Sound found plenty for pressure though and had three and a quarter lengths in hand of last year’s runner-up Barizan.