ALWAYS ONE OF THE most competitive races on Lingfield’s Good Friday All-Weather Championships Finals Day, the 6f sprint was won this year by Summerghand, trained by David O’Meara for Hamad Rashed bin Ghadayer.
The application of a visor perhaps proved the difference as the 7yo gelding recorded his first win since last year’s Steward’s Cup. The classy sprinter, who had finished seventh behind Exalted Angel, runnerup here, in the Listed Kachy Stakes in February over the same course and distance, was making a quick return to action after finishing fourth on turf in the Listed Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster six days earlier.
Tone The Barone showed good early speed from stall nine to lead the field and had established a significant advantage over his rivals over a furlong from home. Exalted Angel reeled in the leader just inside the final half a furlong but was himself collared near the line by Summerghand, who quickened well for a head success under Adam Kirby.
Brian The Snail came out on top in a bunch finish for third, but fully a further two lengths back. Kirby said: “Summerghand is obviously a horse with a lot of ability and a good bit of class. I was content following Brian The Snail. I decided to pull out and luckily a horse stopped at just the right time when I was about to start my run.
“I therefore didn’t lose too much ground and it worked out well. I think the visor put a bit of an edge on Summerghand. “He is a horse who has been running with plenty of credit and he can’t be knocked. When he was second at Wolverhampton a couple of starts back, he was beaten by a good horse in Streamline, and I think today the visor just put him straight for this.
“Full credit to David O’Meara and his team. Hopefully, we continue to have a bit of luck together. It’s great to have a winner on Finals Day.”