Easton Angel: pulled two and a quarter lengths clear under Paul Mulrennan
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Stuart Riley 3:22PM 11 JUN 2016
Report: Sandown, Saturday
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EASTON ANGEL travelled all over her rivals before quickening clear in an instant to put two-and-a-quarter lengths into the field and announce herself as a genuine Group 1 contender.
Dods also trains last year’s Nunthorpe winner Mecca’s Angel but has another talented daughter of Dark Angel on his hands judging by the ease with which she cruised into contention under Paul Mulrennan and the explosiveness she displayed when quickening clear.
There will not be many easier winners over five furlongs this year and victory looked assured as early as halfway, with Mulrennan motionless and oozing confidence as her surveyed his toiling rivals.
The only question left was what she would find when asked and the answer was emphatic.
Michael Dods on Easton Angel: “She is all about speed”
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“We felt she had improved a lot from York, and although she was in the King’s Stand we felt another run like that would help to get her confidence high,” said Dods, who revealed she would be kept to the minimum trip.
“She did it well there and is now probably ready for a step up in class, but still at five furlongs as she is all about speed. She has such a high cruising speed and she can quicken off it.”
While Mecca’s Angel has proved difficult to place due to her need for cut in the ground, Easton Angel won here on good to firm and, having landed her maiden on soft, looks far more versatile.
Subsequent Group 3 winner Waady got the better of this year’s sprinting sensation Profitable in last year’s race and Easton Angel looked right up to that level when justifying 2-1 favouritism from 8-1 shot Willytheconqueror.