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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent at Lingfield
Friday, June 8, 2012
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A trio of winners at Lingfield today benefited from the deteriorating ground conditions that led to the going on the turf track being adjusted to Soft from Good to Soft after the first race.
The Jim Boyle trained Llewellyn was the first to benefit from the continued downpour when he landed the second of the four turf races on the eight race card, that also included four scheduled races on the Polytrack.
Llewellyn was having his third start since joining the Epsom handler – and his first since unseating jockey Pat Cosgrave at Bath last month – when easing to a three and a half lengths victory under jockey Nathan Alison.
“He handled the ground lovely,” said 21-year-old Alison who has worked for Boyle for six years and was recording his 26th winner. “He had clear daylight in front of him which was probably the key to him. He travelled lovely, handled the crossing fine and couldn’t see him getting beat. He travelled well for the whole race and picked up lovely for me. It is definitely soft ground, but they are getting through it lovely.”
And connections of the winner revealed that the victory was just recompense after a frustrating time with the four-year-old who joined Boyle at the start of the year.
“We have had him for about six months,” stable representative Richard Farmer said. “You couldn’t write a script for him. He has been screaming out for a run but we haven’t been able to find anything with all the abandoned meetings. Then when we did get him in, he reared in the stalls as it was ‘see you later Pat’ (Pat Cosgrave).
The Derek Haydn Jones trained Tenbridge was another to benefit from the softer ground, when landing the next race, a seven furlong Class 5 for jockey Andrea Atzeni.
“She just loved the soft ground and she travelled really good,” Atzeni said. “She was always going to get there. She has been running on fast ground and she couldn’t handle it and she just travelled really good today. She was always going to get there.
Jockey Freddie Tylicki echoed these comments when scoring on Myboyalfie for trainer John Jenkins in the last of the four turf races.
“We did get our ground today,” Tylicki admitted. “He was a couple of times disappointing earlier on in the year. The mile at Pontefract (last time) was too far for him and today the seven and a half furlongs here suited ideally and he finished the race off very nice.”
The first two of the four Polytrack races were won by big Newmarket yards as the Sir Henry Cecil trained Popular landed the first division of the 10 furlong Class 5 and Minoan Dancer, a Sir Michael Stoute trained newcomer, won the second division.
Stoute’s travelling head lad Tony Potter said: “She has been working with nice fillies. We weren’t confident-confident but we thought she would run well. It was a good performance.”