Second Thought (11/8 Favourite) has a near impeccable record (has only been beaten once and on his first start) and he maintained his strong level of form when taking the £150,000 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships by a half-length from Visionary (16/1) in 1m10.08sec.
“It has been a very good afternoon,” said trainer William Haggas, whose Muffri’Ha was second in the earlier 32Red All-Weather Fillies and Mares Championship. “The race was a bit rough in places, which wasn’t ideal and it was a bit of a mêlée – but the horse was cool and did it well.
“I think Second Thought is pretty smart, he has got a turn of foot – I don’t have many with a turn of foot!
“Robert [Winston] took a bold route up the straight, but he was right, the horse did not let him down. The horse is doing very well physically at the moment.”
Jockey Robert Winston reported: “It was a very rough race early on. We did not get the position we wanted and I had to take a chance and come down the inside. The gaps came and I just want to say thank you and well done to Second Thought’s owner Liam Sheridan.
“I just said to Maureen [Haggas] that I knew going to post Second Thought was after strengthening up really well. He has done well since his last run and is a horse who keeps improving.
“He is a brave horse, has got all the right attributes for a racehorse, he is a very kind horse. He races a little bit lazily, but that is not a bad thing - once you ask him he goes and when he gets there, he knows he has done his job.
“We thought six furlongs might be a bit sharp, which it probably was, so it will be very interesting to see what he brings in the future. I’ve no idea where he’ll go next – the trainer is a very good trainer and I am sure he will place him well!”
VISIONARY DREAMS OF A FUTURE ON THE TURF
Visionary started his racing career on the turf, winning on his racecourse debut at Brighton and placed third on his next run, before a small injury caused a switch to the All-Weather for a winter campaign, which has come to fruition in the 32Red 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships with a half-length second to Second Thought.
Sent off at 16/1, the son of Dream Ahead showed that he retained his early promise and pleased his trainer Robert Cowell.
The trainer said: “I am delighted. He is a decent horse and he has always shown potential at home. He could well improve when he gets back on turf. This is a bit sharp for him.
“He had a tiny little injury over the summer last year which is why we campaigned him on the All-Weather but we will go back to the turf. He certainly has a future – that was a good race.
“I have nothing in mind at the moment but we will find a race for him.”
Luke Morris, who Visonary, added: “Everything went spot on for the horse. He jumped smart and got a lovely trip. He is a lovely horse for the future.”
4.10pm £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships, 6f
1 SECOND THOUGHT (IRE) 3 9-05 Liam Sheridan William Haggas Robert Winston 11/8 Fav
2 VISIONARY (IRE) 3 9-05 Khalifa Dasmal Robert Cowell Luke Morris 16/1
3 TOMILY (IRE) 3 9-05 Des Anderson Richard Hannon Sean Levey 15/2
Time: 1m 10.08s
Distances: ½, 1
Tote Win £2.20 Places: £1.10; £5.50; £2.40
Breeder: Tally-Hop Stud
Breeding: b c Kodiac – Bobby Jane (Diktat)
Tomily delights in third
Tony Gorman, representative for trainer Richard Hannon, said: “We’re delighted with the way Tomily ran. He ran a super race and he looked like winning with a furlong to go but two of them came up on his outside.
“He’s a very genuine little horse and ran a great race, we love him to bits.”
Jockey Sean Levey added: “He ran a great race. The other two just caught him but I am happy with the way he ran.”