David Moran guides Dimension (#2 Red silks white cap) to victory in the $ 200,000 dollar Connaught Cup
Riverside Bloodstock’s Dimension proved that his last out victory was no fluke when he won this Saturday’s Grade 2 King Edward Stakes over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor turf course. The 8-year-old gelded son of Medicean covered a mile over the firm turf in 1:33.19 for jockey David Moran and trainer Conor Murphy, crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front at odds of 17-1.
Dimension broke with the field, but was quickly outpaced early by Hammerstein and Smokem Kitten. Dimension settled back into the second flight of horses while Hammerstein took on the role of pacesetter in the one-turn event. Smokem Kitten kept the pace honest just a neck behind in second, pressing Hammerstein through a quarter-mile in :22.76. Solemn Tribute also moved up to press Hammerstein on the outside, urging him through a half-mile in :45.53. Entering the final turn, Moran got to work aboard the classy Dimension, angling him nearly five-wide toward the leaders.
Dimension gained the lead at the top of the lane by a whisker over Solemn Tribute, and continued to pour on the speed to draw away down the stretch. His final winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths on top of Solemn Tribute, who just nosed out the quickly-finishing Tower of Texas for second. Full Mast, the heavy favorite, finished fourth.
Bred in Great Britain by Cheveley Park Stud, Dimension had compiled an impressive record of the course of his career, but faded a bit through July of 2016. A lengthy layoff saw him return to Woodbine to win the Connaught Cup Stakes last out, and he added to that resurgence with today’s victory. Overall, his record stands at 7-6-1 from 33 starts, with earnings of over $ 587,000.
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