GUEST RAISING SIGHTS WITH MILIIKA
Guest Raising Sights With Miliika
Guest Raising Sights With Miliika
Rae Guest is confident Miliika can go on to bigger and better things after getting off the mark at the second attempt in the sunshine at Brighton.
The Newmarket-based trainer knows a good filly when he sees one, with former inmates My Emma and Serious Attitude both Group One winners for the yard.
Miliika might not scale those heights but a taking display in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Maiden Stakes at the seaside track suggests there is plenty to look forward to.
The three-year-old had finished a close second at Doncaster on her introduction earlier this month, so it was no surprise to see her sent off as a prohibitive 1-2 favourite in this lesser grade.
Seb Sanders settled his mount towards the rear for the first half of the six-furlong journey, but she showed good acceleration to pick up Millibar and score by two and a half lengths without being seriously asked.
Guest said: “She ran very well first time and she’d probably have won if she’d kept straight, but she was green and that’s to be expected.
“That was a good maiden and this looked a very easy maiden. It was just a question of whether she handled the track but she did and it was a nice, easy race for her.
“She’s a lovely moving filly and well-bred. We’re hoping she’ll move up to black type company.”
Sanders completed a double as the Clive Brittain-trained Methayel recorded her third course win in the Dandy Dick Theatre Royal Brighton At gtickets.com Fillies’ Handicap.
The 2-1 favourite was easy to back in the minutes leading up to the race but got the job done in fine style, taking the spoils by a length and a half from Sasheen.
There was a thrilling finish to the Betfair Brings You Better Value Handicap, with the judge calling 7-2 favourite Ginzan the winner by a nose from main market rival Cut Across.
Winning trainer Malcolm Saunders told At The Races: “From where I was stood I thought we were second.
“Tom (McLaughlin, jockey) said she was hanging left and then she was hanging right.
“She’s run a couple of solid races and had a good chance today. I think there’s a race a week on Friday for her, so maybe we’ll bring her back now she’s handled the track.”
Darryll Holland has made a name for himself as a fine front-running jockey and once again got his fractions just right on 14-1 shot’St Ignatius in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap.
The strong-travelling Filun looked likely to pick up the leader inside the final furlong, but Alan Bailey’s charge found more to score by two lengths.
“We were in front a long time but he stuck to his task well,” said Holland.
“He’s lazy and he will idle if you let him. We’ve employed different tactics today and it’s worked out well.”
Alastair Lidderdale‘s 5-1 shot Resplendent Alpha fairly scooted clear of his rivals in the Betfair Don‘t Settle For Less Handicap.
Lidderdale said: “He’s been a really tough horse and really consistent and they set it up for him I suppose as he likes a strong pace and then comes through at the end when the others are tiring.
“It suits him to find a bit of trouble in running and he was good today. He takes his racing well and he’s a cracking horse to have.”
Toga Tiger (2-1 favourite) claimed the Better Prices On Betfair Mobile Handicap for trainer Jeremy Gask and jockey Raul Da Silva, while Bill Turner’s Ansells Pride made a winning return from a 627-day absence in the Shares In Duke Of Marmalade At heartofthesouth.net Handicap..
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