Fortune favoured by brave move on Lucarno

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email · Clever front-running ride secures Group Two prize· King George and Arc on agenda for big-race winner John Gosden, Lucarno’s trainer, will now plan towards the major autumn prizes, although a run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month is a possibility too. “The Leger was actually a bit beyond his trip and it flattened him, and that was the end of his season,” Gosden said. “He’s done himself really well through the winter, he’s a huge bull of a horse, and he’s just needed racing to get him back into the groove. The second half of the year has always been the plan for him, and we wouldn’t be frightened of the Arc, that kind of thing. There’s a pretty sharp horse called Duke Of Marmalada going for the King George, but I’ve left him in it and we’ll probably confirm him at the five-day stage and have a look.” Lucarno is a 16-1 chance with Paddy Power and Victor Chandler for the King George, and can be backed at 33-1 with Coral for the Arc. Tom Dascombe achieved his main ambition for the year when another front-runner, Classic Blade gave his yard a first Group-race success with a narrow success from Sayif in the July Stakes. Dascombe, a former assistant to the outstanding South African trainer Mike de Kock, has held a licence for less than three years, but has already sent out 56 winners at an impressive strike-rate of 19%.”Last year our target was to have a Listed winner, which we achieved, and this year it was to win a Group race, so now we’ll have to win two,” Dascombe said. “He only cost €19,000 at Fairyhouse, so his next target is easy. He’ll go for the €300,000 Tattersalls sales race [at The Curragh on August 23].”Sayif’s jockey Alan Munro felt he “should have won” but that the colt ran off a straight line. The third-largest Jackpot pool in Tote history looked like it might roll over yet again when Andrew Balding’s Donegal took the opening race, the Bahrain Trophy, at 20-1, while Jedediah was an 11-1 winner for the same yard in the ladbrokes.com Heritage Handicap. The remaining winners proved a little more straightforward, though, including Ouqba, the 7-4 favourite for the EBF Novice Stakes, and a pool of £1,695,092 was eventually won to 4½ units, paying a dividend of £267,477. Share on Twitter Topics First published on Thu 10 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Lucarno romped to victory in the 2007 St Leger at Doncaster, John Gosden’s fourth English Classic victory. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images Share via Email Thu 10 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Jimmy Wales Shares00 Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img As most jockeys know only too well, the plaudit-to-curse ratio in their chosen profession is not a healthy one. Mistakes are never forgotten, while moments of inspiration are often overlooked. It is not the ideal career if you need to feel loved.There are times, though, when a jockey’s part in a victory cannot be ignored, and Jimmy Fortune’s front-running ride on Lucarno in the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Stakes here yesterday is an obvious example. It was a simple plan, but impeccably executed, and his opponents had no answer as last year’s St Leger winner stayed on well in the closing stages to beat Papal Bull, the favourite, by a length and a quarter. Five horses, including the most obvious pacemakers, had been scratched from the original 11-runner field by the time they went to post, and Fortune was several lengths clear of his five remaining opponents after just two of the 12 furlongs. As a result of his Classic victory, Lucarno was giving away 5lb all round, but they gave him plenty of ground in return, and it proved to be more than enough. For Fortune’s tactics to succeed, of course, the others had to let him get away, and riders of the quality of Frankie Dettori, on Sagara, and Ryan Moore, on Papal Bull, seemed either unwilling or unable to reduce his lead to more manageable proportions. Moore eventually asked Papal Bull for an effort approaching the furlong pole, but the favourite is a horse who likes to think things through, and when he did start to close, it was all too late. Fortune looked a little surprised afterwards that the race had unfolded so smoothly, and he will struggle to pull off a similar trick when Lucarno steps back up to Group One company. “It worked out ideally,” Fortune said. “It’s great with a small field and there was never going to be much pace so we got our way out in front. He’s taken a long time to come together this year, but you’ve got to remember that this horse had a lot of racing last year and it was about his fourth or fifth run last year before he showed his real class.” Read more Greg Wood at Newmarket Share on Facebook Fortune favoured by brave move on Lucarno Horse racing … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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