York: Smullen patience pays off for Pale Mimosa

Pale Mimosa - Pat Smullen wins from Estimate

Pale Mimosa (yellow cap) beats the Queen’s Estimate by half a length

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Report: York, Friday

Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) 2m½f, 3yo+

FOR the second day in a row Pat Smullen showcased his talent and patience, this time guiding Pale Mimosa to a first Group success for his boss Dermot Weld.

In Thursday’s 1m handicap Smullen earned plaudits for his ride on Short Squeeze and, although he faced nothing like the traffic issues in the Lonsdale Cup, he waited until well inside the final two furlongs to get after his mount.

Having travelled strongly to that point, Pale Mimosa found plenty for his urging, holding off the rallying Estimate – ridden by Ryan Moore for the Queen – by half a length to justify 2-1 favouritism.

Pale Mimosa was always prominent on the outside of Cavalryman as the pair tracked pacesetter Forgotten Voice and eventual third Times Up. Nothing much changed from the field leaving the home straight until they re-entered it a mile and a quarter later, when riders began winding up a field of strong gallopers – all except Smullen, who sat still aboard Pale Mimosa.

The five-year-old had only raced at 2m once previously and was ridden like the quickest horse in the race, and she delivered, giving Ireland their first victory in the race in seven years.

Pat Smullen riding Pale Mimosa

Pale Mimosa (yellow cap): travelled wide throughout the 2m½f Group 2

  PICTURE: Getty Images  

“It was a good renewal of the race,” said Weld. “Her Majesty’s filly is very good. Last time Pale Mimosa came here she won the Galtres and it was lovely to see her come and win today. The race was run to suit us. Pat was always in the right position. The plan was to sit handy and it was the perfect ride from him.”

On the possibility of taking her to the Melbourne Cup, he added: “We will speak to her owners. The only problem is she never really wants firm, firm ground.”

Pale Mimosa has been given a quote of 16-1 by Paddy Power for the Melbourne Cup, while they make the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner-up a 25-1 chance for the same race.

Paddy Power also inserted the winner at 3-1 in their betting for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup, which Weld, Smullen and owner Dr Ronan Lambe won two years ago with Rite Of Passage, while Boylesports introduced the mare at 8-1 for next year’s Ascot Gold Cup, a race Rite Of Passage won in 2010.

Times Up will head to Doncaster next. His trainer Ed Dunlop said: “It was a bit of a messy race. It was like his first run of the year. The jockey said it would put him spot on for Doncaster so we’ll try to win three Doncaster Cups.”


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