Johnston is still not Trigger happy
Friday 13 September 1996
He was delighted by the victory, of course, but Johnston will be thoroughly satisfied only when Double Trigger receives the official recognition which the trainer - not to mention many punters - believes he richly deserves. In the ratings ladder which is supposed to determine a horse's merit, Double Trigger sits on 119, which Johnston feels is at least half a dozen rungs too low.
"It's an absolute disgrace," he said yesterday. "It's totally unfair. At two miles and above he's been beaten only once in Europe in three years, and that was by Classic Cliche in the Gold Cup when he was running with three shoes. Yet he's rated as one of the worst Gold Cup winners in the last 10 years, when we all know he's one of the best in the last 30 years. He surely deserves a rating of at least 126."
You would have found few to disagree yesterday among a Town Moor crowd which had backed Double Trigger en masse. It was clear that their confidence was well founded, despite the evens favourite's three-months absence from the track, as soon as Frankie Dettori kicked for home three out and left his opponents treading water. Celeric, his only serious rival, eventually ran on to finish second, but was flattered by the two-length margin of defeat.
Given the foot problems which have troubled Double Trigger since before Ascot, it was surely one of the finest achievements of Johnston's career to return him to the track as fresh and enthusiastic as ever. "He lost two shoes prior to the Gold Cup and then another in the race, and every time more of the hoof was coming away until there was nothing to nail to any more," he said. "We just had to wait for it to grow back."
Double Trigger's next race will probably be in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on Arc weekend, but that, it seems, will be as far as he travels this year. "I don't think we'll be going to the Melbourne Cup," Johnston said. "We don't have any sponsorship and I think the handicapper's been a bit severe on us."
A filly who appears to be going places is Reams Of Verse, Henry Cecil's seventh winner of the May Hill Stakes in the last 10 years. She is as short as 10-1 (Coral) for next year's 1,000 Guineas following yesterday's comfortable defeat of Dame Laura, though the third, Gretel, would have been much closer with a clear run. It is a clear sign that autumn is drawing on that Reams Of Verse may now be "put away", though the Group One Fillies' Mile at Ascot later this month is a possibility.
Cecil reported that Dushyantor is in great shape for tomorrow's St Leger and is confident of a bold show. "Everyone says: 'Will he stay?'. But I'm not worried about that at all. If I was a jockey I'd ride him before everything else in the race - but whether I'm a good judge or not we'll see on Saturday." Chief Contender and Pricket are out of sorts and will not be among the opposition.
The Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp next month is the assignment for Bishop Of Cashel, who repeated his success of 12 months ago in the Park Stakes in a manner which suggested that a step up in class will not be beyond him.
Barry Hills had boldly stated before the Sceptre Stakes that if his runner, My Branch, failed to win then a deeply personal part of his anatomy "is a kipper". Hills is not a man to make such statements lightly, and My Branch duly beat High Summer with considerable ease, a result which will have come as a considerable relief to whoever has the task of washing Barry's underwear.
Latest in Sport
Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening Ceremony: Ewan McGregor launches Unicef charity fundraiser, making £2.5m in one night
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger set to cancel moves for Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin in favour of Jack Wilshere - reports
Manchester United transfer news: Arturo Vidal subject of £39m bid
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers (and giant cans of Irn Bru) welcome in Glasgow's Games
Sami Khedira, Isco and Angel di Maria among Real Madrid players up for grabs this summer
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 4 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...
£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...
£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...