Speedball Kachy won his second consecutive Cleves Stakes in explosive style at Lingfield at the weekend while top trainer John Gosden strengthened his grip on the two big Middle Distance races, the Group 3 Winter Derby and the £200,000 Easter Classic.
KACHY NOT FOR CATCHING IN SPRINT FEATURE
Tom Dascombe’s speedball KACHY, whose only defeat in five starts on the All-Weather came in last year’s Sprint Final, won his second consecutive Cleves Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday. He dominated the Listed feature, winning in a course record time under regular rider Richard Kingscote to qualify for another crack at the £150,000 showpiece on Good Friday - a race he was second in last season.
GOSDEN STRENGTHENS WINTER DERBY GRIP
WISSAHICKON, an easy winner of the Listed Quebec Stakes at Lingfield Park before Christmas, followed up in effortless style over the same course and distance last weekend when he won the Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes. Frankie Dettori, having his first domestic ride of the year, produced him with an impressive late run to gun down the game Big Country. The Winter Derby proper and the £200,000 Easter Classic on Good Friday now appear to be at the mercy of John Gosden’s rising star.
IN-FORM MOONRAKER CLAIMS SOUTHWELL HONOURS
MOONRAKER enhanced champion trainer Mick Appleby’s recorded at Southwell by winning the Class 2 sprint handicap on the Fibresand on Sunday at the expense of the in-form dual course winner Ornate. Alistair Rawlinson eased him to the front inside the final furlong to land the £20,000 feature and supplement his win in a similar race at the track on New Year’s Day. Appleby continues his challenge for another trainers’ title.