The general astonishment did not extend to Bryan Smart, the winning trainer, who had recently varied Sharp Gazelle's routine on the home gallops with encouraging results. 'I've been working her in front at Lambourn and she loves it,' Smart said. 'With Stephen Davies taking five pounds off, I knew she had a chance.'
Cape Pigeon was the card's second beaten odds-on favourite. Iradah started at 8-13 for the opening maiden, but finished last of seven behind Julie Cecil's Laune. Laune was the beaten favourite in her two previous races but was easy to back yesterday, drifting out to 10-1. Iradah's supporters probably failed to appreciate the irony.Reuse content