Forceful Appeal, returned at 33/1, came home a nose to the good from 100/30 favourite War Glory in the opening Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap.
Forceful Appeal, was ridden by five pound claimer, Paddy Bradley, who hails from Epsom, with the winner trained in Epsom by Simon Dow.
Bradley said: “First of all, I just want to thank Mr Simon Dow. I had my doubts about seven furlongs for Forceful Appeal – I thought it might be on the sharp side – but Simon was very confident and filled me with confidence this morning.
“I had a dream run around the inside and fair play to horse, he stuck his head out. It got a bit tight early on but he was travelling well. He is a big horse and can hold his position.
“Hollie Doyle came at me late and I wasn’t sure pulling up. I thought I might have held on.
“Wins like this are very hard to come by and when it comes off on a day like today, it is amazing.”
Stable representative Karen Latchford, added: “Simon spoke to Paddy this morning and he has run an absolutely ideal race.
“The horse was drawn one and likes running round the rail, so we told Paddy to get a horse to follow, which he did. In these apprentice races they tend to go a little bit quick anyway and around the final bend they normally drift out a little, so we had room to come up the inside. He does get further so you know that he is going to plug on.
“It is absolutely brilliant, especially for a little yard.
“It is a good day for Epsom. Simon has gone to Bath today as we have two runners there. It was a toss up this morning but it was easier for me to come here as I am on crutches having come off something in the yard earlier in the year.
“We have no plans as yet but he the horse is in such good form it would be good to keep going. We will see how he comes out of it.”
1.40pm £50,000 Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap, 7f
1) FORCEFUL APPEAL (USA) 9 8-13 Mark McAllister Simon Dow Paddy Bradley (5) 33/1
2) WAR GLORY (IRE) 4 9-02 Mohamed Saeed Al Shahi Richard Hannon Hollie Doyle 100/30 Fav
3) CHARLES MOLSON 6 9-09 Trolley Action Patrick Chamings Hector Crouch 12/1
Time: 1m 23.06s
Distances: Nose, Neck
Tote Win: £36.20 Places: £9.20; £1.70; £4.60 Exacta: £193.60
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc
Breeding: b/br g Successful Appeal (USA) – Kinetic Force (USA) (Holy Bull (USA))
Doyle misses the opener by a nose on the favourite
Apprentice jockey Hollie Doyle, who has enjoyed a break-through winter season on the All-Weather, missed out on winning today’s opener, the £50,000 Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicapandca, by a nose aboard War Glory, the 100/30 favourite.
“He ran well, he’s a brave and genuine horse,” said Doyle. “I was lacking a bit of cover early, and then got squeezed, but he tried hard and ran well. It is great to ride in a race like this.”
Tony Gorman, senior head lad to trainer Richard Hannon, added: “War Glory was just unlucky, he’s run a great race. We’ll be hopeful for Tomily later today [runs in the 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships]”.
Charles Molson misses out after interference while Take The Helm exploits gaps
Third place horse Charles Molson was unlucky to be beaten according to jockey Hector Crouch, and would have had every chance to win if he was not interfered with. Trainer Patrick Chamings was thrilled with the horse’s first run of the year.
Hector Crouch explained: “It was a messy race aasnd I didn’t have the best of trips the whole way through. He was bumped a lot up the straight. I think he was unlucky to be beaten into third.
“With a clean run I think he would have beaten the front two. He toughed it out he was interfered with the whole way up the straight.”
Patrick Chamings added: “He ran absolutely out of its skin on his first start of the year. I am thrilled to bits with him”.
The trainer of fourth-placed Take the Helm, Brian Meehan, was very happy with the performance.
Meehan said: “It was a great run, I’m happy with him. He’s been very consistent all winter and it was a great ride from our apprentice.
Other than winning I couldn’t be happier.”
Jockey Jordan Uys added: “My draw wasn’t great, I had to take him out wide, and we got squeezed. But when the gaps opened, he went for it.”