Paul Midgley excited for next year with prolific Tarboosh

Sprinter landed his fourth win of the season

  • Saturday 27 October
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Paul Midgley feels Tarboosh could make his presence felt in Pattern company next year after his sprinter defied the steadier of 9st 10lb in the Handicap at Doncaster.

Handicaps could be a thing of the past after the five-year-old gave a career-best performance to defeat 21 rivals to register his fourth win of the season.

Storming to the front under Kevin Stott, the 8-1 joint-favourite got home by a length from Erissimus Maximus, who was receiving 21lb, with Lord Riddiford a nose away third.

“He’s pretty smart. Things didn’t go for him earlier in the season but since Newmarket he’s been brilliant. He’s just stepped forward every run,” said Midgley.

“It was a career best today. It was no easy feat giving weight to everything in a race like this. He’s drifted left because he was lonely in front, probably. He was in front soon enough.

“He’s got a pretty good engine and we look forward to him next year. He’ll have to go up a grade or two.

“I’m not taking him to Dubai. We’re going to keep him here. There’s a race at Nottingham in 10 days’ time, but I don’t know if we need to go there. We’ll see how he is.

“We may have to go up to Listed or Group Three class, which is good.”

Stott picked up a two-day ban for careless riding.

San Donato continued on an upward curve by taking his winning sequence to three in the Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Stakes.

Roger Varian’s progressive youngster came to Town Moor on the back of victories at Haydock and Kempton and handled the step up to Listed company in seamless fashion.

Held up at the rear of the field in the early stages, Andrea Atzeni switched him towards the centre of the course over a furlong out to make his challenge.

San Danato (2-1 favourite) quickened up nicely to hold Barbill by three-quarters of a length.

“He’s always shown a lot of talent at home. He’s a horse that is getting better and could be anything,” said Atzeni.

“He’s got a good turn of foot which he showed today and has done it well.”

The winner was given a quote of 25-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next summer by Paddy Power.

Andrew Balding is looking forward to campaigning Happy Power in 2019 after the two-year-old ran out a decisive winner of the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap.

The Dark Angel colt was given a three-month break after making his debut in May and has rewarded connections with two wins in three starts since his return.

Hitting the front a furlong and a half out, Happy Power (11-4) galloped on strongly for David Probert to score by three-and-a-quarter-lengths from Beat Le Bon.

“He’s a nice horse. He’s improving all the time, loves this ground, so I’m delighted,” said Balding.

“He just went through a weak stage because we ran him early. We just gave him a bit of time, he’s come good and he’ll make a nice three-year-old next year.

“There’s a nice programme for handicappers, but we’ll see what the handicapper does and take it from there.”

Josephine Gordon reached 50 winners for the year when steering home bottom weight Morning Wonder (5-1) in the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap for trainer Kevin Ryan despite having to change her planned tactics.

Roger Fell’s Muntadab (8-1) asserted in the final furlong to take the Optional Claiming Handicap by a length and a quarter from So Beloved under 5lb claimer Cameron Noble.

“He likes it here and it’s more the ground. He has to have cut in it. He’s a grand horse,” said Fell.

“If there is another race for him, you’d have to go again. He’s in the form of his life.”

Paul Midgley excited for next year with prolific Tarboosh
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