WOODWARD SALUTES LIKELY LAD

Woodward Salutes Likely Lad
Woodward Salutes Likely Lad
Sporting Life

Shane Kelly

Errigal Lad proved a completely different proposition on his second outing in the East Midlands this season when causing a 40-1 upset at Nottingham.

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 in the Play Big Money totejackpot At totepool.com Handicap.

Errigal Lad made steady progress from the rear of the field and reached the 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.”

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 totepool.com Handicap.

Successful at Bath three weeks ago and with just four rivals to beat here, she was brought through the field by Shane Kelly with a well-timed run to pull a half a length clear.

Demora, the 11-8 favourite after winning at Colwick Park on Sunday, gave her running but could only manage second.

"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 took the EBF Play totequadpot At totepool.com Maiden Stakes despite looking a most unlikely winner at the halfway stage.

Although slowly away and struggling to keep pace, Pat Dobbs did not give up on his mount and the 2-1 shot started to get the idea of things.

The 11-10 favourite Trinityelitedotcom was on his own in front and running into a headwind but had no answer to Dashing David‘s kick and was held by a length and a quarter.

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