Cenotaph takes Chelmsford feature to set up big-race ambitions

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Cenotaph ran out a clear-cut winner of the Betfred Chelmsford City Cup Handicap on Saturday night.

The Jeremy Noseda-trained six-year-old had won his last two starts over six furlongs at the Essex track, but stepped up another furlong for the £100,000 feature.

Running in the colours of Michael Tabor’s wife, Doreen, and ridden by Ryan Moore, the War Front gelding travelled nicely and was full of running when quickening on the outside of runners two furlongs out.

Charles Molson kept him honest, but the 3-1 favourite was a length and a quarter too good at the line and is now three from three since joining Noseda from Aidan O’Brien.

Noseda told At The Races: “I’m delighted, when he won here last time we thought about a few things and I thought this was the race to go to. We’ll have a chat with Michael in the next few days, and see where we go from there.

“I was a bit concerned coming here with the trip, I think he’s a better horse at six and in the last half-furlong he was maybe treading water a bit.

“But he’s got plenty of talent and I think he’s probably a stakes horse in the making. He’s got a great attitude and I’m thrilled with the way he’s going.”

He added: “I’ve got a little plan in mind, but I’ll have a word with the boss. I’ve always thought he might go well on dirt, maybe America but if not, Dubai, the Golden Shaheen in Dubai.”

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