What a brilliant day for Barbury
Alan could be excused for taking Aweedram or two after the horse of that name kept up the excellent run of the Barbury team when winning the mile handicap at rain-lashed Ascot, the celebrations being topped up by Coeur de Lion winning the Chester Cup consolation race in which he had finished runner-up in 12 months ago.
Aweedram, who had won his first handicap at last month’s Newmarket Craven meeting, came from off the pace to get the better of hot-favourite I’m Available in what looked a decent race.
Following an inch of rain since Tuesday, Ascot had testing ground, but winning jockey William Buick was lavish in his praise of Aweedram, who defied a 6lb higher mark here.
He said:”Alan’s horses are running out of their skins, and, despite all the rain, the going was wet rather than holding and they went through it without any problem.
“I maybe got to the front too soon at Newmarket so we adopted more patient tactics this time, and he quickened up really well.
“I was impressed how beautiful he switched off and when I switched sides he moved up through the gears. He is an improving horse and has come on since Newmarket.”
Earlier, Who Dares Wins again did the stable proud when running another terrific race in the Chester Cup, finishing in the frame for the third year running.
Two years ago Who Dares Wins finished fourth in the Roodee marathon, last year, despite a horrible draw, he battled on to take the bronze medal, and, while he never had a prayer of reeling in the trailblazing Making Miracles, he never stopped trying up the straight.
The mud-splattered Tom Marquand was barely recognisable as he dismounted from Making Miracles, having squeezed home for second place ahead of Irish challenger Low Sun.
Alan, who made the trip to Chester, was justifiably proud of Who Dares Wins and said:”I am delighted with that. He hit his usual flat spot, but he does that whether the ground is quick or soft, and he stayed on really well.
“It was very similar to last year, and, while the winner has bolted up, I could not be more pleased for Who Dares Wins, who has done us proud under both codes.
“Now we must think about Royal Ascot and if he got this sort of soft ground at the Royal meeting he would go for the Queen Alexandra Stakes, but if not Who Dares Wins would be re-routed to Newcastle for the Northumberland Plate.”
Coeur de Lion, who had missed the cut in the Cup itself, was all the rage to go one better than last year in the Chester finale, and the 13-8 favourite sloshed through atrocious conditions to win as he liked.