Hambleton Racing Syndicate directly rejected a treble at Bro Park in Sweden when the Pat Cosgrave-ridden Hard One To Please got up in the last stride to beat Outbox in the Stockholm Cup International.
Having earlier tasted success over obstacles with Al Zaraqaan and then with the two-year-old Manitou, all eyes turned to the Hollie Doyle-ridden Outbox in the attribute race. All are educated by Archie Watson.
It looked like being a genuine red-letter day for connections when Doyle kicked 4 sizes clear becoming the house directly, strategies she had employed on Manitou who took place to win conveniently by 5 lengths.
Nevertheless, in the final 100 yards, Outbox’s stride began to shorten having started from stall 15 and the pack was closing in, with Hard One To Please who at one phase looked booked for fourth, engaging overdrive.
Exactly on the line, Cosgrave managed to get Annike Bye Hansen’s three-year-old in front to justify favoritism by a nose.
Simon Turner, Hambleton’s supervisor of racing, stated: “Hollie did everything she can have done from the draw, he ran an outright stormer.
” Archie is remarkably familiar with foreign opportunities. We’d been to the meeting in 2015 with Outbox (second) as well as Archie located the other two races. It had been the preparation for Manitou from a long way out.
” He won ₤ 20,000, that’s the sort of cash prize you get for winning a Listed race in England. It’s great prize money and he was outstanding, he’s a horse we such as a whole lot as well as he’s earned a step up in course now I think. If we see him once again this year, I would believe it will certainly be in a risks race.
” Al Zaraqaan is currently toning up right into a good hurdler. He’s an equine with a lot of natural capabilities and he’s offered his proprietors rather a trip given that he was second in a Listed race at Kempton.
” His confidence is up which’s as satisfied as I’ve seen him over difficulties. Gavin (Sheehan) stated he did it easily. We’ll see what there is for him in October.”