Brett Crawford rounded off his memorable weekend in some style when Armando accelerated like a good’un to add yesterday’s Somerset 1200 to the stable’s Computaform and Drill Hall triumphs.
The What A Winter colt started odds-on for the Kenilworth Listed race but when Corne Orffer pressed the button at the furlong marker he seemed to hang fire for a few ominous seconds. He then switched into another gear to beat the strong-finishing Captain Tatters rather more impressively than the length verdict might suggest. “He had never been here before so he was having a look around,” explained Orffer. “When I gave him a back-hander he took off.”
The 9-10 winner is bound for Hong Kong in the long term as he is owned by Tony Millard client R. Ng but Crawford said: “It’s in our mind to take him to Scottsville for the Gold Medallion. If not he will run in the Kenilworth Nursery. This is something I have to discuss with Tony but it has been a massive weekend – to win big races in three different provinces is a mighty achievement.”
Snaith Racing and Sue Rowett are already talking in terms of next season’s Fillies Guineas with Amy Johnson who finished like a rocket to pip Drama Queen on the post in the Perfect Promise Sprint. “We have got something good here – she is mind-blowing in her work at home,” enthused Richard Fourie while Jono Snaith added: “She is a high class filly, a three-parts sister to Bella Bella. We have put away most of our Fillies Guineas winners after they have won so I doubt this one will run in next month’s Fillies Nursery.”
Clouds Unfold has already achieved Grade 1 heights and the Majorca winner won the TAB Telebet Pinnacle accordingly. This was a significant part of her preparation for the Tibouchina on June 8 and an impressed Bernard Fayd’Herbe said: “It’s a long time since I have sat on one as good as this.” Candice Bass-Robinson will despatch her next week.
In his days as racing correspondent of the Independent Richard Edmondson was known as much for his ability – he was Britain’s Racing Journalist of the Year – as for his stories of personal disaster with which he entertained the racecourse press rooms of England and Ireland.
He has now added another to his repertoire thanks to his part ownership of Roi Querari. For each of the colt’s first three runs he enthusiastically flew out from his Istanbul home, backed the horse and treated defeat like a martyr being burned at the stake. Yesterday he decided to ease the pain by staying in Turkey and, as he is now telling all and sundry, sod’s law prevailed.
His co-owners, Bryn Ressell and Jill Warner, are planning to add insult to injury by jokingly suggesting that his absence was the deciding factor! Dr Warner and her husband John are both medical specialists. Although best known on the racecourse as owners of star sprinter Carry On Alice, they are lecturers at London’s Imperial College and are honorary professors at the University of Cape Town.
By Michael Clower