Jockey Hollie Doyle believes passion and glory could be a “fun horse of the year” for his relationships after continuing his fine form in the saddle with a victory in the Davies Insurance Services Gala Stakes feature film at Sandown Park this afternoon.
All eyes on the 10-stage Listed race were on William Haggas’ multiple Group One goalscorer Addeybb (11-8 favorite), but it was Godolphin’s globetrotting gelding who was to steal the show and create an upset, handing trainer Saeed bin Suroor a record fourth win in the contest.
Not seen since finishing fifth in Dubai Gold Cup Group 2 at Meydan in March, the six-year-old son of Cape Cross, who has also raced in Saudi Arabia and Germany, was sent off 5-1 to make his first start in Great Britain this winning year.
Running with the beat throughout Passion And Glory was sent mid-race by Doyle to ensure he wouldn’t be caught off guard too late. Putting their guaranteed stamina on the line, Passion And Glory remained determined to defeat Regal Reality at the slow start by a length and a half, with Addeybb another header in third.
Doyle said: “It was pretty straightforward. He has pretty good form this horse as he has been to Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Germany in the past.
“Today he was straight back on the trip. They said the floor might be a bit fast, but he seemed to handle it well.
“He jumped and traveled well. I just let it use itself, it was its minimum travel because the further it went the better.
“I was a little worried about his fitness, but he hit the line well and he had a good shot so he’s really going to run. He could be a fun horse for the year.
“I thought it might be a bit short for him and that’s why I went out to race. Rossa (Ryan, on Victory Chime) gave me a lead but I took it quite early before be directed and done for the toe.
“I was a little worried, maybe I got involved a little soon not knowing how the fitness levels were, but he got through it.
“From my position there hasn’t been much, but it was a good renewal with Addeybb and there were some good horses in there.
“Saeed’s horses run well and it’s great that he takes me for rides.”
Despite Addeybb’s loss, Connections were far from disappointed with the race.
Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant to trainer William Haggas, said: “We all know he’s at his best on soft ground, but we just want him to be ready for when it rains one day.
“He raced well and when it was obvious he wasn’t going to win, Tom (Marquand) just took care of him. He’s big and he doesn’t owe us anything.
While Haggas and Marquand might have been unlucky with Addeybb, the pair teamed up with Golden Voice who hit all the right notes to challenge for the maximum weight in the Jameson Lamb Half Century Classic Handicap.
After bouncing back from his defeat at York with a win over course and distance last time out, the neutered son of Havana Gold challenged a five-pound weight increase for that success with a length-and-a-half win in the event. of seven stages.
Maureen Haggas said of the 6-4 market leader: “He did well. Going at a good pace suited him. He takes it.
“I think the steady pace helps him although I’m not sure he’s doing more than necessary, but he’s improving. He showed a much better turn of foot today so he’s learning on the job. .
“He’s never been an over-enthusiastic horse and sometimes it takes them a bit longer to adjust, but he looked good today.
“He’s a funny little guy just having fun. He’s doing better and going in the right direction. He hasn’t done a lot of damage lately.
“I think the steep seven here suits him well. He settles and everything so there’s no reason he shouldn’t get an easy mile.
“I think we’d have to see how he is, but at the moment he wouldn’t be racing outside the handicaps. He’s improving with every race, so you never know.
A nation might have suffered a rock-bottom defeat on his previous visit to Sandown Park, but Dubawi’s son suffered no such misfortune on this occasion after leading home a brace for coach Charlie Appleby in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Stakes.
Dispatched the 11-8 favorite to make amends for his latest loss, the Godolphin-owned colt duly obliged in the seven furlong contest by overpowering stablemate Golden Speech (10-1) by half a length.
Appleby, speaking away from the track, said: “I’m glad he had his head up there. He is a progressing horse and he is a typical Dubawi.
“He was a bit unlucky and probably met a nice filly last time around, but he was the slowest and we know Sandown is not the place to be last.
“This time William (Buick) got a good shot and he shot it well. He is still learning a lot. I imagine there is a bit more to come and stepping up the journey will also be one of the ways forward.
“I was happy with the second and there was a definite improvement from the first to the second run, so hopefully there will be a run in him as well.”
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