THE Two Thousand Guineas could be on the agenda for Summer Sands after his commanding victory in Redcar’s richest race of the year as North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey celebrated a four-timer at the seaside track.
The Coach House colt justified favouritism to come home clear of Michael Dods’ gallant runner-up Troubador in the £175,000 six-furlong Racing TV Redcar Two Year Old Trophy.
Jockey Barry McHugh, who won the race two years ago for the same trainer and owners – the Cool Silk Partnership – said: “It was just a matter of pointing him in the right direction. He’s a proper horse and I think he’ll get the mile next year and be even better.”
Summer Sands was well in at the weights after a progressive third at 100-1 in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last week.
Assistant trainer Robin O’Ryan added: “The Guineas would be an option. We’ll get him home and have a think but he’s a fair horse. He’s unfurnished and you’d think he’d be a better three-year-old.”
Michael Dods, who trains near Darlington, was thrilled with Troubador who was giving the winner nine pounds. “We were always up against it at those weights, but he’s run a blinder,” he said.
The meeting started well for the Fahey stable when Embolden, ridden by Tony Hamilton, thrived on the heavy going to win the opening Andy Curtis Triple Paralympian 50th Birthday EBF Stallions Novice Stakes.
Hamilton was soon back in the winner’s enclosure when another Fahey charge, Lightning Attack, thundered home in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Selling Stakes.
The Fahey four-timer was secured in the final race of the day, the Watch Race Replays At racingtv.com Handicap Stakes, when the progressive Fairy Stories battled home for a happy ending in the hands of Sean Davis.
Assistant trainer Robin O’Ryan said: “She’s improving and is very tough – she just wants to win.”
Main Edition showed all the battling qualities associated with Mark Johnston horses when she stayed on stoutly under Joe Fanning to win the listed Racing TV British European Breeders’ Fund Stallions Guisborough Stakes.
Deidre Johnston said: “She’s been disappointing since she won the German 1000 Guineas in May but she’s been going through a growth spurt and she was fabulous today.”
There were emotional scenes in the winner’s enclosure as Redcar specialist Give It Some Teddy landed the Racing TV Straight-Mile Series Final for the second year running. The tough gelding, ridden by Duran Fentiman, made it four course and distance victories and trainer Tim Easterby said: “He just loves Redcar and when they love this track it’s a big factor.”
Tearful owner Lee Bond, who owns a packaging company in Dewsbury, said: “I’m sorry for being a bit soppy but I just love this horse. He never lets you down. I also want to give as much credit as possible to Tim Easterby who is arguably the best in the business.”
Barry McHugh made it a double after his win on Summer Sands by taking the Market Cross Jewellers Middlesbrough Handicap Stakes on James Fanshawe’s Newmarket raider Olympic Conquerer. Like Summer Sands, Olympic Conquerer is owned by The Cool Silk Partnership.
Pictures courtesy of Tony Knapton