Dutch Connection (near side): could be seen next in the Dewhurst
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: York, Wednesday
Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 2yo
A BLISTERING gallop saw the two-year-old track record beaten in the Acomb, with Dutch Connection staying on strongly to give Charlie Hills his first winner at the York Ebor meeting.
The result was something of an upset, with the 16-1 winner getting the better of 33-1 shot Toocoolforschool. Basateen, the 6-4 favourite, failed to settle under Paul Hanagan and paid for two sub-11-second furlongs in the early stages.
Indeed the whole field suffered due to the strong pace, but it was Dutch Connection who slowed down the slowest. He may not prove to be the best horse in the race, but he was given the best ride, with William Buick sitting towards the back of those able to keep up with the early pace.
So strong was the gallop that several of the field had made use of the back door before entering York’s long home straight, but unlike all others Susan Roy’s Dutch Art colt refused to wilt under the intense gallop.
“I wasn’t really surprised,” said Hills. “We have always thought a lot of him and he bumped into a very good one at Haydock on his second start. He has improved mentally all season and he has thrived since Goodwood so we thought we would roll the dice here.
“He will probably have one more run this year, he is in the Dewhurst and it will probably be in a race like that, but he is a big horse and still a big frame and he will make a lovely three-year-old.”
Betfred have inserted Dutch Connection at 25-1 in their Qipco 2,000 Guineas betting, while Paddy Power have gone 10-1 (from 12) about Feydhan, who beat Dutch Connection by six lengths on his only start to date.
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