The deafening silence from within the Doncaster grandstand after 100-1 shot Morning Post won the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance �300,000 2-Y-O Stakes told its own story.
Twenty-one similarly matched runners was always going to make it difficult for punters but, even so, it would have taken a seismic leap of blind faith to have backed Kevin Ryan’s colt. But the addition of first-time blinkers following a recommendation from jockey Ryan Moore at the weekend brought with it extraordinary improvement.
Paul Mulrennan – Moore was this time aboard the unplaced Art Official – tacked across towards the far rail once in a commanding position and held off Azagal by half a length. Not content with winning over �175,000 for finishing first, lucky owner Matt Morgan revealed he had also placed a �10 each-way bet on Morning Post.
He said: “He’s always shown lots of ability at home, but after his York debut he has been disappointing. After Haydock on Saturday (last in a six-runner handicap), Ryan got off him and told us to stick the blinkers on him.
“The horse is named after my father, Ivan, who passed away 15 years ago. He was a postman, and Morning Post has delivered.”
Ryan’s son, Adam, felt it was a calculated risk to run Morning Post in such a ferociously competitive heat, saying: “We’ve always had faith in this horse and sometimes you have to take a chance.”
Clive Brittain will typically reach for the stars with Aqlaam Vision following her no-nonsense victory in the EBF Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery Stakes. The fearless Brittain has Newmarket’s Shadwell Fillies’ Mile on the agenda for the Saeed Manana-owned two-year-old, who strode a length and a quarter clear of Ticking Katie.
Brittain said of the 9-1 winner: “I wasn’t at all worried about the ground. I thought the trip might have been on the sharp side for her, but the rain they had allowed her stamina to kick in. I think we will probably run her in the Fillies’ Mile. We’ll keep winning with her.”
Aqlaam Vision would, however, need to be supplemented for the Group One at Newmarket on September 27.
Things went particularly smoothly for Pupil, who won the crownhotel-bawtry.com EBF Maiden by a commanding length and a half for the Richard Hannon-Richard Hughes axis.
Assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said of the 4-1 scorer: “We might look at the Zetland Stakes (Newmarket) now as he’ll get a mile and a quarter.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines