Five things we learnt at Cartmel and Epsom on Bank Holiday Monday

Mon 28 Aug 2017

___By Oliver Brett_

Three top riders unseated at Epsom:

Simon Walker is one of the best amateurs on the Flat and expertly guided C'est No Mour from last to first in the amateur Derby. But some of the pros had it tough.

After Harry Bentley was bucked off Chica De La Noche in the six-furlong handicap on exiting the stalls, Robert Winston suffered the same fate on Boom The Groom in the following five-furlong handicap - both coming out of the same number seven gate, believe it or not.

Moore also hit the deck after Aleef bolted on the way to the start of that five-furlong race while Bentley's day to forget was completed when Pumaflor proved unsteerable in the closing race over a mile and had to be pulled up.

Stunningly bred Midterm ends long losing run:

Two multiple gold medallists in cycling, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, are the parents of a new baby boy - but it's hardly taken as read that this youngster will have the world at his feet in the 2040 Olympics.

If he fails to do so, connections of Midterm, by Galileo out of Midday no less, will sympathise. This four-year-old comes from the most perfect gene pool you could wish for but is not a Group One performer, disappointing ever since he was expected to win last year's Dante and failed to place.

He has now finally won his first race since April last year, the fairly lowly Poundland Family Favourite Conditions Stakes at Epsom. "Hopefully he will go on from here now," said Ryan Moore aftewards having once again shown a rare mastery of the cambers on the Downs to come sweeping past Mount Logan.

Wisty produces bold show at Cartmel:

He may not be up to competing at the highest level but you will probably not see a more enthusiastic, zestful chaser this coming season than Wisty.

Martin Todhunter's eight-year-old grey likes to pour on the heat at the start of his races and have everything else gasping for oxygen as they toil in his wake.

Wisty made it three wins from three at Cartmel this summer when running away with the Coral Download The App Handicap Chase, one of three Class 2 handicaps put on by the Lakes venue on Bank Holiday Monday.

Cartmel is an idiosyncratic course for sure but the fact nothing else got to within 17 lengths of this horse suggests it may be a while before the handicapper catches up with him.

Brave Spartacus has Boanas celebrating:

Gillian Boanas, the long-term head lass for Keith Reveley, took over his licence at Groundhill Farm, Saltburn when the highly trainer retired at the end of January.

A familiar stalwart of the yard, the 11-year-old Brave Spartacus scored his 10th career win to give Boanas her third success this year.

Ridden by that most in-demand of northern jockeys, Brian Hughes, the 5-1 shot had the run of the race in the Mary Roby Memorial Handicap Chase and won by 10 lengths.

"He's not the easiest," said Boanas. "I ride him at 5am on his own 'cos he doesn't like to be with the other horses. But he's smashing. We have a few trips to the beach and that perks him up. All being well there's a Listed Chase at Market Rasen at the end of September and we might go there."

Aintree plans for Snowden's Fact Of The Matter:

The immediate reaction to the narrow defeat of the doughty 12-year-old Rebel Rebellion - beaten on the run-in after leading for all but the last few yards of the 3m 1½f Coral Bet And Get Club Handicap Chase - was perhaps one of sadness.

But Jamie Snowden, the trainer of the winner, Fact Of The Matter, has enjoyed more than his fair share of bad luck - no more so than when Cheltenham Festival winner Present View was fatally injured in a race at Kempton last year.

Snowden said: "Present View was an absolute legend and I think this one is a lovely horse who can progress a bit further. He might be more of a Becher Chase type of horse and if things came good you might think of the big one in the spring." Well, why not start those Grand National dreams already?

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