Tawseef relishes Brighton test
Tuesday 9 October 2012
Trainer Roy Brotherton was one of the few people still enjoying the truly abysmal conditions by the fifth race at Brighton as Tawseef extended his outstanding course record in the Smith And Western Restaurants Handicap.
A track which can be one of the country's most pleasurable on a sunny afternoon was shown in its most unflattering light as relentless rain reduced the grass to something more akin to a freshly harvested potato field, and several jockeys and officials even took an informal look at it after the second race.
Tawseef produces his very best after the journey from his stable in Pershore, Worcestershire, as he has never finished worse than fourth and has now won twice from five visits. There could more to come at next week's final meeting, with the 2-1 favourite scoring by a decisive four lengths under Ian Mongan.
Brotherton said: "He loves it here. We just didn't want it too soft in case it was off. He likes a trip and will make a lovely hurdler, but if the ground stays soft we might bring him back here next Thursday."
Further evidence as to the demanding nature of the terrain was provided by the victories of two sons of Motivator, who has passed on his own preference for some give to his progeny. The first came from Sesentum (10-1), who drew clear of Sublimation in the final stages of the SIS Maiden Stakes.
It was a winner for Patrick Hills, who is now under the wing of trainer Luca Cumani, and the jockey said: "He's just a bit green, especially down at the start. It's hard for two-year-olds to go in that ground, but Motivators do love it. Things are going better now, the boss is helping a lot."
The other Motivator was the tricky Maccabees (12-1) for the father and son combination of Roger and Ned Curtis.
Ned showed admirable patience to keep the long-standing maiden sweet at the back of the field until the denouement of the Hardings Catering Services Apprentice Handicap, but was still handed a four-day ban for using the whip above the allowed level, as well as another day of remedial training.
Curtis snr said: "That's a nice family one. This horse has taken a bit of settling, he gets very revved up and I've been wanting to run him over a trip. I was a bit worried about the ground, but it has turned it into a test. He's a difficult horse but Ned has given him a magical ride."
The Michael Bell-trained Santo Prince (8-1) had shown glimpses of promise in his five previous starts and revealed more than Mowhoob in the final stages of the hardingscatering.co.uk Nursery. Hayley Turner doubled up on Saint Irene (11-4 favourite) in the Italian Brasserie Brighton Marina Handicap.