Watch out for Frizzante on her next outing on good, or good to soft, ground. That was the advice yesterday from Oscar Urbina, who rode the filly into fourth place from a hopeless No 3 draw in the Stewards' Cup on Saturday.
Frizzante, a 25-1 outsider, ran on strongly while out on her own on the slower turf on the stands side of the track, while the vast majority of the 29 runners surged towards the favoured far side.
Patavellian, drawn 27, had so much in hand in beating the runner-up, Fire Up The Band (drawn 29), by three-and-a-half lengths that Urbina doubts that his mount would have won had she been drawn high too.
"But I do know I would have been a lot closer," Urbina inisted. "The ground was definitely faster on the far rail. I was always four or five lengths behind. She is a very quick filly and likes good or good to soft ground. I don't know yet where she'll run next but she will need plenty of respect."
James Fanshawe, her trainer, said: "She has run an absolute cracker and had we drawn on the far side we would surely have been even nearer."
At Newbury yesterday, Milton Bradley pulled off a 1-2 when Darryll Holland got Fly More home by a neck from stablemate Whistler.
While pleased to have landed another decent sprint prize, Bradley was still aggrieved at the decision of one of his owners to take Bali Royal away from him in similar circumstances, when that horse was narrowly beaten by stable companion The Tatling at Sandown.
Bradley said: "Bali Royal couldn't win a seller when she came to me, but collected £105,000 in prize money and ran her heart out at Sandown."
The Newbury stewards considered the running of the 4-1 favourite Strathclyde, but after hearing from the gelding's jockey, Martin Dwyer, that the four-year-old had run too freely, they decided not to hold an inquiry.Reuse content