By Lewis Porteous 3:47PM 22 SEP 2016
Report: Newmarket, Friday
Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Stakes) (Group 3) 7f, 2yo
LARCHMONT LAD showed plenty of guts and courage as he battled on strongly to take the feature race on the opening day of the Cambridgeshire meeting.
In front rank throughout, the Richard Hannon-trained son of Footstepsinthesand was there to be shot at but he found plenty for Sean Levey coming out of the Dip and was extending his advantage over runner-up Whitecliffsofdover at the line to score an 8-1 success.
A close third in Listed company at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting on his previous start, Larchmont Lad appeared to have benefited from that tussle and showed a professional attitude on just his third start.
The winner, owned by Michael Geoghegan, was introduced into the Qipco 2,000 Guineas market at 50-1 by William Hill and, with entries in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and Racing Post Trophy this season, looks likely to get the chance to enhance his Classic credentials before the season end.
Much of the hype leading into the contest surrounded the well named Escobar but the horse with one all-white nostril proved a bitter disappointment as he trailed home in seventh.
Unbeaten on two previous runs, the mount of Frankie Dettori was a 25-1 shot for the Guineas and Investec Derby before the race but he was restless in the stalls and never looked like getting involved.
More to follow . . .