Torres On Target At Nottingham
Torres On Target At Nottingham
Sporting Life

Cathy Gannon

Rodrigo’De Torres put himself in a prominent position in the shop window with a convincing victory in the Sports, Games, Bingo & More Conditions Stakes at Nottingham.

Elaine Burke’s gelding has always fared best in small fields over shorter distances and rarely looked anything other than the winner as in-form Martin Harley pushed him three and three-quarter lengths clear at odds of 7-1.

The mile feature has been a great favourite of Godolphin over the years, with Rio’De La Plata and Dubai Destination among those to have appeared, but their 2-1 market leader Invisible Man hit his stride too late on his reappearance and took second.

“He had run over mile before so I wasn’t too worried and I just told Martin to ride it like a seven-furlong race in that if he was striding well, then to go on,” said Burke’s husband and assistant, Karl.

“I was glad the Godolphin horse was right out the back as I’m not a great believer of leaving them too much to do here, even though it’s a long straight.”

Rodrigo’De Torres was last on his previous appearance in the Victoria Cup at Ascot but, in mitigation, Burke said: “He had been working really well all winter, but put he in bad piece of work five days before Ascot. I put down as an off-day but he wasn’t right.

“He’s in the sales in July and I wanted to run him at least one more time beforehand. He qualifies for Dubai, he handles Polytrack and has got a good value. This won’t have done him any harm.”

Errigal Lad proved a completely different proposition on his second outing in the East Midlands this season when causing a 40-1 upset in the Play Big Money totejackpot At Handicap.

Last of 11 over seven furlongs at Leicester last week, trainer Garry Woodward sent the chestnut back down from his Rotherham base and again employed Kelly Harrison, who Errigal Lad make steady progress from the rear of the field.

They reached the line a neck ahead of Prodigality, who had carried him wide across the track in the final stages.

“He’s a stunning looking horse and has been good in past but sometimes when you’re a trainer like’me these are the only ones you can get hold of,” Woodward told Racing UK.

“When he came to’me no-one could get a bridle on him, he had major issues, but underneath he’s a lovely horse.

“Kelly made sure she got him settled. He’s got tonnes of ability but we’ve just tried to harness it. This was his only second run of the year and he’s in a good place.”

Cathy Gannon, riding fifth-placed Bermondsey Bob, was given a two-day careless riding ban (June 24-25).

Hayley Turner, who was required in the inquiry, was fined £290 for leaving the track and returning without seeking permission.

Gannon later helped Bathwick Street (4-1 favourite) to be rewarded for a couple of very fine recent efforts when taking the Find Live totejackpot Information At Handicap.

Robert Cowell’s Cats Eyes (3-1) got the cream as she took her undefeated record on grass to two in the Free Racing Post Form At Handicap, cruising past 11-8 favourite Demora.

“We’ve campaigned her once or twice over six furlongs as she has the pedigree to stay a mile but I like my five-furlong sharpies and this is without a doubt her trip,” Cowell said.

“She’s a pacey filly and the owners (Manor Farm Stud) breed near here. I’ve been lucky to be involved with them.”

Richard Hannon’s newcomer Dashing David (2-1) looked a most unlikely winner of the EBF Play totequadpot At Maiden Stakes at the halfway stage after a slow start.

The 11-10 favourite Trinityelitedotcom was on his own in front and running into a headwind but Dashing David gradually got the idea and kicked a length and a quarter away by the post.

Michael Appleby’s Stellar Express (5-2 favourite) made it consecutive course victories in just four days in the EBF Play Blackjack And Roulette At Fillies’ Handicap.

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