Coordinated looks a real cut above

Chapple-Hyam newcomer overcomes backwardness to justify trainer's faith

Between them, hot sunshine and the unbridled décolletages of Ladies' Day on Town Moor might have amply accounted for the state in which Peter Chapple-Hyam found himself before racing here at Doncaster yesterday. But the true source of his perspiration was easy to identify when a tall, sleek colt by Montjeu entered the parade ring before the opener.

Here, then, was Coordinated Cut – an animal reputedly competent to give fresh momentum to Chapple-Hyam's topsy-turvy career, two years after Authorized. In fact, Coordinated Cut arrived for his racecourse debut as one of the early favourites for next year's Investec Derby.

No matter what he has been doing to draw attention to himself on the gallops, his backers could hardly have had their ambitions placed in more reproving perspective than by the shock news, four hours earlier, that Age Of Aquarius had not been declared for the Ladbrokes St Leger tomorrow. The ante-post favourite is thought to have pulled muscles in his back during exercise, and his jockey Johnny Murtagh will now switch to the colt's stablemate Changingoftheguard. It can be hazardous to back a Classic favourite two days before a race, never mind nine months previously.

Certainly, Coordinated Cut has a good deal of presence, for a colt still so physically callow. But those who backed him at odds-on here must have been sweating no less freely than his trainer once the race got under way. He was soon off the bridle, and it took all the familiar tenacity of Kieren Fallon to coax him into the lead approaching the furlong pole, after which he needed straightening and driving out to win by a little over a length.

Fallon was wearing the silks of Lawrie Inman, who has made some fast bucks in the City – he is still only 27 – and will also be represented in the St Leger itself by Monitor Closely. "I was more nervous today than I will be on Saturday," Chapple-Hyam professed. "I believe in this horse. He's going to be very good, I promise you. He's just a baby, wasn't ready for this at all – I should probably have given him another three or four weeks. He's very weak, and he would need a fast pace as well, because he's going to want a mile and a half. I will probably forget to put him in the [2,000] Guineas."

Fallon attributed the colt's lack of fluency to sloth sooner than inexperience. "He's so laid-back," he said. "And sometimes, when you switch a horse off, it can be hard to switch them back on again. He has a great attitude, and when you get a Montjeu with that type of temperament, they're usually pretty good."

Should his trainer see the requisite physical development in the meantime, Coordinated Cut will return here for the Racing Post Trophy next month. As it is, he remains no better than 20-1 for the Derby, and 16-1 in places.

Today Fallon rides a filly in the DFS May Hill Stakes whose Classic odds seem more preposterous still. Seta was undeniably impressive in her maiden at Newmarket, and the placed horses have both won in the meantime, but she is already as short as 6-1 with the sponsors for the Stan James 1,000 Guineas.

Again, you do not have to look far for caveats. Rainbow View started odds-on for the Guineas, after her impressive success in this race last year, but only won her first race of the year last Saturday. Then there was Fantasia, a stablemate of Seta who herself looked a brilliant prospect before disappointing in two French Classics.

She was then given a break by Luca Cumani, and made a smooth resumption yesterday in the JRA Sceptre Stakes – Fallon's eighth winner in a week since his comeback. "Seven furlongs is a bit sharp for her, and she will step up to a mile in the Sun Chariot Stakes next time," Cumani said. "She has thrived over the past few weeks, and Kieren said that she fell asleep early but was really picking up in the finish. She was unsettled in Chantilly, very cross, wouldn't eat or drink, which was out of character – she's usually very placid."

Cumani's next observation seemed especially pertinent with Seta in mind. "Two-year-olds get hyped to the stars every year," he remarked. "Maybe Fantasia hasn't lived up to everything that was being hoped for last year – but the season isn't over yet."

As for Seta, he acknowledged she has long seemed full of potential and should go well today. "But she has only won an ordinary maiden in a not particularly fast time," he emphasised. "It's ludicrous to see her quoted at odds like that for a race that, to me, might as well be 10 years away."

Turf account: Chris McGrath

Nap

King's Icon (9.10 Wolverhampton) Has already finished second here twice in the past eight days, but is worth one more chance off the same mark, being no less effective over this trip, and having successively finished clear of the pack against well treated rivals.

Next best

Jadalee (6.40 Wolverhampton) Deserves another chance after a dramatic performance at Kempton the other day, well clear on the turn but collared close home, the leading pair no fewer than 12 lengths ahead of the third. Sixth in the St Leger in his youth, he is palpably well treated now.

One to watch

Haajes (J Balding) has been competitive off higher marks in the past and, second on his two previous starts, looked poised to get involved on his return from a break at Doncaster on Wednesday only to run into traffic throughout the final 2f.

Where the money's going

Mawatheeq is 14-1 from 20-1 with the Tote Cambridgeshire sponsors after his success at Doncaster yesterday.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?