Kevin Darley came in for the plum spare ride on Red Bloom at York today and kept the Cheveley Park Stud bandwagon rolling along with another victory.
Red Bloom was due to be ridden by Kieren Fallon in the Group Three sportingoptions.co.uk Betting Exchange Strensall Stakes, but the champion was of course unable to take any of his mounts.
With Darley in the saddle, Red Bloom (evens) took a while to get the better of long-time leader Babodana before digging deep to hold off Salselon by half a length, with only a length covering the four runners.
Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson said: “We ended August with a bang and started September in the same way.
“It was a muddling early pace, but she appeared to like the easy ground and the further she went, the better. We have not got much in mind for her at the moment, but the Prix de l’Opera (at Longchamp) might be an option.”
He went on: “With Chic and Russian Rhythm over a mile, we are rather spoiled for choice. Russian Rhythm is in work and the recent scans are good, so we are in a positive frame of mind with her.
“Fortunately she is heading back, I think. The plans are fluid, but there is the QEII and the Sun Chariot, and Sir Michael (Stoute) and Mrs Thompson will discuss what they want to do.”
Into The Dark put up a smart performance to complete a hat-trick under Frankie Dettori in the Elite Homes Garrowby Handicap, making all the running and keeping up the gallop in good style to beat Secretary General by two and a half lengths.
The Rainbow Quest colt (evens) is in the St Leger and Victor Chandler cut him from 33-1 to 12-1, but Saeed Bin Suroor could not confirm him a certain runner in the Doncaster Classic with Rule Of Law the stable’s main hope.
The trainer said: “Maybe he will go one mile six furlongs. At this moment there is no plan for him, but he is unbeaten and is improving all the time.
“We also have Rule Of Law in the St Leger and Into The Dark would really have had to win a good race to go for a Group One like that, so we will see a bit closer to the race.”
Xtra Torrential (16-1), a first runner on the course for trainer David Simcock, put up a pleasing debut performance under Neil Callan in the Champions Are Sold In Ireland Maiden Auction Stakes.
Callan is enjoying his best season with 83 winners, and Simcock said: “All my two-year-olds improve for a run and I am very pleased with the way he has done it today.
“We were concerned about the stalls, but we have done a lot of work with him and we might have a look at the Haynes Hanson at Newbury in a couple of weeks’ time.”
There was much to like about the way Michael Jarvis’s Middle Park Stakes entry Subpoena (10-1) gained a convincing debut success under Philip Robinson, who was taking his score for the season to 50, in the EBF Prince Of Wales’s Own Regiment Of Yorkshire Maiden Stakes.
However, Jarvis may not fly too high with Sheikh Mohammed’s colt this term.
He said: “We hav always liked him, but he is a May foal and we have not really done a lot with him.
“He is in some decent races, but he is going to make a nice three-year-old and I don’t think we will overface him this time.”
Partners In Jazz (9-1) had shown signs that he was finding his form last time out, and he got back on the winning trail under Willie Supple in a thrilling finish to the BASF Handicap.
Trainer David Barron said: “Imperial Echo won for us the other day and both he and Partners In Jazz had decent form as two-year-olds, but it has taken us time to get them back.
“I may be tempted to put in an entry for him in the Portland (at Doncaster next week). It might be an idea, if the ground was good or slower. I am not sure if he will get in, but he was 2lb out of the handicap today.”
Eboracum (9-1), shouldering a penalty for a Hamilton success six days ago, swept into the lead inside the final furlong and strode away to beat Dispol Veleta by two and a half lengths in the hands of David Allan in the Patrington Haven Leisure Park Stakes.
Trainer Tim Easterby’s father, Peter, said: “I did not think she would win. Compared to how I rated her I thought she had enough to do, but she handled the ground and did it well.”