Newmarket round-up: Daneteria follows the Thundering Blue path

Sat 11 Aug 2018

Big things were expected of Thundering Blue after his victory in the Handicap at Newmarket 12 months ago and trainer David Menuisier has similiar high expectations for this year’s winner, Danceteria.

Having completed a hat-trick at the track in a match race last time out, the son of Redoute’s Choice made it a four-timer to complete a double on the day for winning jockey Jason Watson in the mile-and-a-quarter prize.

Menuisier said: “He is very good. The ground was a worry – although he ran on it last year as a two-year-old he was just a big baby and it was difficult to make an assessment, but I think he handled it.

“He reminds me of Thundering Blue, big time, but he is doing it a year earlier. I can’t see why he won’t be a Pattern-race horse, as he is getting that way.

“I came here thinking about going for the Lavezza Stakes (Heritage Handicap) over a mile-four at Ascot next month. I will have to see if I step him up or not. It’s worth £100,000 so we might go for that.”

On Thundering Blue, he added: “It all depends on the rain if he goes for the Juddmonte (International), I won’t consider running him if it is quicker than good.

“I’m looking at the Canadian International in October as the long-term plan for him.”

The rain that hit the track on Friday proved to be an advantage to Pogo after he initiated doubles for both apprentice jockey Watson and trainer Charlie Hills when striking at the fifth time of asking in the Poppy Nursery Handicap.

Watson said of the 3-1 winner: “He is still a bit weak and will strengthen up a lot. He appreciated the rain they had. On paper he should have had an easy time today, which he has.”

Porth Swtan (11-2) can now boast wins at both Newmarket tracks after adding to his success at the Craven Meeting to complete Hills’ brace when battling back after being headed in the Royal British Legion.

John Gosden has no shortage of useful two-year-olds among his ranks and Shambolic (11-4) could turn out to be another after the daughter of Shamardal made a winning debut when rallying to defeat Hello Bangkok in the Sea The Moon Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The Newmarket handler said of the neck winner: “She has got a great attitude and is a nice filly, but she has just been fussy around the stalls.

“When they break well it is better to let them go forward and not take them back. She got the rail, which is an advantage first time out.

“I think we will step her up to a mile and simply go for a novice. There are no wild plans.”

Having claimed the feature Sweet Solera Stakes aboard Main Edition, there was further success for jockey PJ McDonald after he galvanised the Ian Williams-trained Jam Session to victory in the Close Brothers Handicap.

McDonald said of the 12-1 winner: “ I just dropped him in to keep him sweet and thankfully everything went to plan. He has his own ideas about the game, but when he knuckles down the ability is there.”

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