Racing: Struggle for Sadian

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The Independent Online
POSSIBLE St Leger candidate Sadian struggled to win the Salisbury Festival Stakes yesterday. Sadian needed a convincing victory over his two opponents in order to justify a pounds 20,000 supplementary entry for the Leger but, attempting to quicken off a slow pace set by Secret Archive, Sadian found himself sandwiched as Richard Quinn sought to drive him between that rival and Winter Garden two furlongs out.

Quinn had to fight for every inch of ground and Sadian finally managed to force his way through to hold Secret Archive by half a length, with Winter Garden three parts away.

John Dunlop, Sadian's trainer, admitted that his charge had failed to impress.

The leading Cambridgeshire fancy Captain Scott will miss the race. The four-year-old was quoted at 16-1 by the Tote.

His trainer, Jeremy Glover, had issued a warning over Captain Scott's participation when the weights for next month's race were published last week and yesterday he said: "We haven't been able to get him right. I said he was doubtful when the weights came out and we've made a decision early because we don't want people backing him when he's not going to be ready in time."