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TAKE JIVE FROM CHESTER'S MAY MEETING
The advantage of a plum draw in stall two was forfeited when Twin Point pitched slightly on leaving the stalls. Steve Donohoe was unable to hold his rails position and eventually was forced to mount his challenge six horses deep.
Twin Point could never quite get to grips with Russian Soul and Gin In The Inn, who fought out a tremendous finish, but ran on into fifth place. There was plenty of money swilling around the ring for Charlie Fellowes’ six-year-old and Twin Point, a winner at Kempton in February over his specialist 7f trip, remains well treated.
Owner Ron Huggins, forever associated with full-brothers Double Trigger and Double Eclipse, has another nice staying type in Jukebox Jive. The son of Jukebox Jury, who posted several big-race victories when trained by Mark Johnston and dead-heated with Duncan in the 2011 Irish St Leger, bowled along at the head of affairs before being tapped for toe by Here And Now and Stradivarius.
The first two are useful, progressive types and Jukebox Jive will have no trouble adding to his Wolverhampton maiden success as he matures through his career.
Proved all the rage for the 188Bet Chester Cup and arrived late on the scene to finish fourth to Montaly. Tom Marquand buried his mount in midfield hoping for the breaks and when Who Dares Wins was unleashed there wasn’t a lot of room as the principals bunched near the line.
Alan King’s five-year-old, an excellent third in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham, seems to be improving steadily and would probably squeeze into the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle off this rating (scored on the all-weather for previous trainer Richard Hannon). His owners have plenty of options with this admirable dual-purpose gelding.
Beat only two home in the sprint won by favourite Zamjar, but Kreb’s Cycle hinted there was better to come. Having his first start for Ian Williams, Kreb’s Cycle endured a typically bumpy Roodee ride and Jamie Spencer wasn’t hard on him when all chance had disappeared over the horizon. Kreb’s Cycle, a son of Aussie Group 1 winner Helmet, scored twice at a modest level as a juvenile for Richard Hannon and is the type to pop up at a nice price.
Sir Michael Stoute’s strapping four-year-old made a handsome sight in the parade ring and punters couldn’t get enough of him, forcing his price in to a skinny 13-8 at the off. El Hayem, a staying on sixth behind Banksea in the Newbury Spring Cup off the same mark, fluffed the start from stall two but Andrea Atzeni was quick to regain lost ground by thrusting up the rails.
El Hayem didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages and although just held at the time, he was done no favours when winner Sound Advice edged left inside the final furlong. El Hayem won his maiden at Doncaster on quick ground last June and a dry summer will see him competitive in handicaps around a mile.
With the Andrew Balding team in spanking form it was no surprise to see five-year-old Duretto run a such big race in the Ormonde Stakes, conceding 3lb all round, and with a bit of luck in running would have finished closer to Western Hymn and US Army Ranger.
Last seen when landing the St Simon Stakes at Newbury in October on his favoured easy ground, Duretto was short of room on the home bend as the principals stole a march and although David Probert’s mount reduced the deficit to under a length at the line, the damage had been done.
If there is rain about at Royal Ascot Duretto would not be out of place in the Hardwicke Stakes, although it has become something of a benefit race for Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-olds (Dartmouth, Snow Sky, Telescope, Sea Moon and Harbinger all winners since 2010).