Brighton: no shortage of races for Classic Mission at the seaside track
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By David Ashforth 6:00PM 6 JUN 2016
RIGHT, that’s Classic Mission added to my Horse Tracker list. At Goodwood on Sunday the Jonathan Portman-trained five-year-old maiden (0 from 25, runner-up eight times) confirmed that his appetite for victory disappears when the winning post appears, prompting an exasperated Portman to declare: “What next? Brighton, probably, where he can’t see the winning line.”
An excellent idea and there are suitable races awaiting the rascal on June 28, July 5 and August 4, when there is a choice. Should Classic Mission, rated 69, try to get into the 61-80 handicap over a mile and a half worth a cracking £20,000 or book Serena Brotherton now and go for the lady amateur riders’ 51-70 handicap over a mile and a quarter, worth £4,500? Please go for one of them. It will give us Brighton enthusiasts something to look forward to.
The problem with another horse beaten at Goodwood is different. Powerful Wind is one of the fastest horses in Britain and it was exciting to watch him power away on Sunday before fading. Unfortunately, although the seven-year-old has won ten times, his ideal distance is four furlongs and there aren’t any four furlong races. Pity.
Anything is possible in a seller
We must look forward and a challenging seller beckons at Lingfield (6.20). It is, of course, impossible to predict the outcome but better to try and fail than not to try at all. On the other hand, it’s cheaper not to try.
The ratings, official and Racing Post, point powerfully to Robert The Painter, third in the Lincoln two years ago. There are, needless to say, some notes of severe caution.
First, the eight-year-old is in sharp decline. Rated 95 when running for David O’Meara in the Lincoln, Robert The Painter was bought by Lee Carter for 10,500gns in July 2015 and has not won since. Sent to the sales in February, Robert The Painter was led out unsold at 14,500gns, which was a price worth taking as his subsequent six races have yielded just £336.70.
Favourite for an Ascot handicap in April, Robert The Painter was beaten 22 lengths. He was then beaten 14 lengths in a claiming race before being beaten 17 lengths when odds-on favourite for a Leicester seller. He is now rated 74.
Second, it is five years and over 50 races since Robert The Painter last ran over a trip as short as six furlongs. At the likely prices, I’d rather go with Noverre To Go. The old timer is 15lb wrong with Robert The Painter but at least he’s likely to run to his mark. Even so, it is a seller so something else will probably win.
Hard to imagine glory for Hawridge
Meanwhile, gardening. Last year the Cholesbury cum St Leonards Horticultural Society visited Hawridge Place to see Mr and Mrs Gadsden’s collection of over 100 varieties of snowdrops.
Today Eric Gadsden has one of his varieties of Hawridges on display at Salisbury. Hawridge Glory (2.15) will be showing off Gadsden’s long familiar black and orange colours, although not in the winner’s enclosure.
There’s more but no more room. Another time.