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Wednesday 4 April 2012

Up a bit, down a bit

Only one race to cover this week and that is :-
New William Hill iPhone App Cammidge Trophy (Listed Race)

The pace was on the stands´ side and the first three came out of the four highest-numbered stalls. The time was just 0.31 outside the standard.
THE CHEKA (108) was soon chasing the pace after a slightly slow start, but picked up inside the last to win a shade readily. This was his first run over a sprint trip on what was his 20th racecourse appearance.
Last year´s winner Jimmy Styles (100) travelled well and took over entering the final furlong, but could not hold off the winner and was beaten 3/4 length.
Mayson (100) showed bright pace alongside the rail but had to give best at the furlong pole and finished 2 lengths behind the second.
Royal Rock (112), sixth in this last year, ran on late, he did best of those who came from off the pace and also of those drawn low.
Sirius Prospect (110) won his last four races of 2011, culminating in a victory over Mayson in this grade over C&D in November, and improved his official rating by 30lb during the year. After proving a little reluctant to enter the stalls, he failed to spark and was never seen with a chance, but he was running on late when it was all over. He remains capable of improvement.
Waffle (102) did not get a clear run when trying to pick up heading towards the furlong pole but is not the type to make too many excuses for and he generally performs better in bigger fields of runners. Entered at Musselburgh at the weekend.
Bannock (108) was a smart 2yo(placed twice in Group 2 company and won a Listed race at York in October) and was fit from a run at Lingfield, but he ran poorly here from what looked a favourable berth against the stands´ rail. Entered at Cork at the weekend.

QUOTES: Eve Johnson Houghton, trainer of The Cheka: "What a star he is to us; that´s three times he´s won first time out. I was always tempted to drop him back to 6f, but some of the jockeys who rode him felt he might not have the pace and to be fair, there was never quite the right opportunity last season. He will now go for either the Duke of York Stakes or the Victoria Cup."