David Barron-trained Wolowitz, who started at 4/1, got the better of 25/1 shot Sign Of The Kodiac in a blanket finish to the Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather Championships Stakes. There was a neck between each of the first five home.
The sixth, the 5/4 favourite Gracious John, trained by David Evans and ridden by John Egan, stumbled at the start and then raced keenly.
The victory gave rider Graham Gibbons a 24/1 double on the day after his victory on Volunteer Point in the opening 32Red.com All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares.
Wolowitz, a son of Intense Focus, is a late foal – he was born on May 26 – and so was the youngest in the field with, presumably, more scope for further improvement.
Gibbons said: “He’s done well. I was able to get across from my draw, he’s pretty smart.
“I didn’t think they went very quick and he was keener than normal for the first half of the race and I didn’t think I was going to get there for a bit. The pace had collapsed – I could have done with them going a bit quicker. But he’s a nice horse, going the right way.”
Wolowitz has now won his last four races, making up for an inauspicious debut at York last June. “We were a bit disappointed when we took him to York,” added Gibbons. “The boss [trainer David Barron] said before the race he was our best two-year-old, and afterwards said, if he’s our best, then we’re in trouble.
“But we always knew he had that ability. He just needed time, he was a bit immature. And he’s been gelded now, which has made a man of him. He’s going the right way and he hasn’t finished yet. There’s a big pot in him this summer.
“For me, today couldn’t be better. Hanging around for the winter, you’ve got that edge when the turf season starts, you keep your contacts and you’re into it quicker perhaps than the lads who go away.”
Yorkshire-based Barron was not present at Lingfield.
WINSTON RUES ‘VERY UNLUCKY’ KADRIZZI
Robert Winston, who rode 9/2 chance Kadrizz, the third horse home, said: “We were very unlucky really. He anticipated the start. He went to jump as the last one went in and he’s come back and he’s been sluggish away.
“I found myself in a very poor position and I had to come wide and he flew down the straight and we could have done with an extra furlong.”
“We always thought he might be better over six, but maybe even seven. Dean (Ivory) took a chance running him in this and it has paid off in a way, but I think we will see a better horse once he is stepped up in distance.”
4.15pm £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather Championships, 5f
For three-year-olds only who, after October 28, 2015, and before March 19, 2016, have run three times on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France, OR have run three times during the Championship period, including twice on a designated All-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France AND have run at least once at Meydan (Dirt) OR have won an “All-Weather three-year-old sprint Fast-Track qualifier” race. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st 5lb; fillies 9st. Maximum field of 10 (plus 2 reserves).
1) 8 WOLOWITZ (IRE) 3 9-05 Christine Barron David Barron Graham Gibbons 4/1
2) 6 SIGN OF THE KODIAC (IRE) 3 9-05 The Cool Silk Partnership James Given Tom Eaves 25/1
3) 5 KADRIZZI (FR) 3 9-05 A Chapman & Wentdale Limited Dean Ivory Robert Winston 9/2
4) 7 QUATRIEME AMI 3 9-05 Ten Fools & A Horse & Partner Charlie McBride Danny Tudhope 6/1
5) 1 KRYSTALLITE 3 9-00 Paul Dixon & The Chrystal Maze Ptn Scott Dixon Luke Morris 66/1
6) 2 GRACIOUS JOHN (IRE) 3 9-05 Terry Reffell David Evans John Egan 5/4 Fav
7) 4 FIELD OF VISION (IRE) 3 9-05 Shefford Valley Racing Joseph Tuite George Baker 14/1
8) 3 AGUEROOO (IRE) 3 9-05 Middleham Park Racing LXXXVI Richard Hannon Kieran O’Neill 10/1
9) 9 ILLEGALLY BLONDE (IRE) 3 9-00 Mr & Mrs I Barratt Jamie Osborne William Carson 50/1
Distances: nk, nk, nk, nk, ½, hd, hd, nk
Tote Win: £5.20 Places £1.50, £6.40, £1.40 Exacta: £129.10