Beckett’s plan ends in victory as Moore insists bad luck is not due to the trail | Horse racing news
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Victory Chime and Hector Crouch triumph in one of Epsom’s most famous handicaps, the City And Suburban
By Lee Mottershead
The two most historic handicaps on the Epsom calendar do not take place in June but in April. Last year they weren’t run at all, which was a cause for regret for coach Ralph Beckett. He was forced to wait 12 months but his wait was worth it.
The City And Suburban Handicap was inaugurated in 1851. Like its spring reunion partner, the 175-year-old Great Metropolitan Handicap, it’s not what it once was, but it was the race it was. Beckett had long targeted for Victory Chime, which duly earned its two-of-two record under Hector Crouch.
“This plan is in the works,” Beckett said. “City And Suburban’s profile has slipped, but it’s such a special race – and it’s a race I was very disappointed in that I couldn’t participate in last year as it was canceled due to the coronavirus He was also 8 lbs lower at the time. There is a race on Derby day where we would expect to come back as long as the handicapper allows us. “
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Victory Chime leads the entry into the last U-turn of the city and suburbs
The competition was less pleasant for the relations and supporters of the Blue Cup, as Ryan Moore’s steed was repeatedly denied a clear run in the straight line and appeared to finish in fifth position. However, the jockey insisted that the track was not a factor.
“He’s taking a good grip, the pace was consistent and unfortunately the gaps didn’t happen when I needed them to,” said Moore. “He was an unlucky loser but it wasn’t an Epsom thing. It could have happened anywhere. It’s racing.”
Moore got some compensation in the next rookie event, in which Fast Steps lost ground to Richard Hannon and owner Saeed Suhail.
Group 1 rules for handicap
Since its rebirth in 1997, the Great Metropolitan had never been staged with just five riders, but Andrew Balding had no complaints about the small field after Group One Power’s total success under Silvestre de Sousa.
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“It was a little gassy but luckily got away with it,” Balding said. “He was a horse that we liked a lot last year and being gelded helped him. I hope there is another race in him this year and that there is a nice handicap. here on Derby day that could be a possibility. “
A day trip to the Derby is also on the schedule for 5f handicap winner Recon Mission, whose coach Tony Carroll has high hopes for the coming months.
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Recon Mission (Ray Dawson) wins Epsom Downs welcomes owners back 5f HandicapEpsom 20.4.21 Photo: Edward Whitaker / Racing Post