Summerghand rushes to win Abernant
Summerghand ended the game with a success to deny hot favorite Oxted at the bet365 Abernant Stakes in Newmarket.
Group Three competition was a stepping stone to Group One glory for Roger Teal’s Oxted last season as he successfully moved from the Rowley Mile to the July Course to win the July Cup.
The five-year-old was widely expected to return to winning ways on his last appearance on his back turf at the Riyadh Dirt Sprint in Saudi Arabia – but supporters of the odds got their fingers burned by David O ‘Meara is a stable, sturdy one Summerghand.
After Ryan Moore took over from Cieren Fallon, Oxted had an 8-13 chance for much of the five-year competition before battling his way to the top in the closing stages.
However, he could not withstand the late attack by Summerghand 7-1, who continued his victory on the final day of the All Weather Championships in Lingfield less than two weeks ago by three quarters of a length under Danny Tudhope.
Tudhope said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets better with age, which a lot of Davids do, especially sprinters.
“He’s a top class sprinter and the visors have helped him in the last two races too.
“The way the race went was perfect. He loves to cover and overtake horses.
“He likes to aim at something, but with the big drawbacks he just never got it right. The sights just seem to sharpen him.”
Bruce Raymond, race director of owner Hamed Rashed Bin Ghedayer, said: “He is wonderfully trained, there is not much he can do at home, I’m sure, but he just needs a quick gallop and something to aim for.”
“Sometimes things don’t go right and with a small field it’s a bit worried, but it looked like we only had one thing to beat today.
“Larger fields fit, but then you need luck to get a run.
“His shape suggests he is improving. I think, like most horses, as they get older, they overcome their problems and get stronger.”