Stylistickhill Makes It A Double For Dixon
Saturday 20th October 2012
This day ended with a great result although starting with a blow out on the Lorry on route to Catterick Even Stevens nearly missed the race.
Even Stevens arrived on course was tacked up and straight into the parade ring, with Luke Morris waiting to take him straight to the start. This was a wide open sprint Handicap at Catterick and not surprisingly the field split with the majority electing to come towards the stands side. Even Stevens was in the group who stuck to the far side and fared much the best of the group. Coming towards the final furlong he drew clear of the group, there wasnt much between the leaders of the two groups at the line but it was the stands side pair who edged it with Even Stevens being 3rd. Given his liking for fibresand (rated 15lb higher on all-weather) we will be seeing alot more of him over the winter.
Piceno was next up in the 4:40 Handicap, The early speed proved crucial in this race as Piceno broke well at the start and nothing was given a chance to challenge. There was a loose horse towards the beginning of the race which challenged Piceno making him draw further and further to clear up the straight to win in easy fashion. Piceno's previous three wins had been over a mile so it was ominous for his rivals that he had enough speed to bag the lead and have a slight break on the field as they straightened for home. On this evidence he is set to be anoiuther horse to watch thoughout the winter.
Stylistickhill also headed over to Wolverhampton to bring home the double of the day with the 1m1/2f Handicap. A loose horse is a very rare occasion in flat racing but we encounted another due to Rock Anthem getting rid of his rider as the stalls opened and then racing loose at the head of affairs throughout. Stylistickhill had a good record here, having never been out of the places in three previous starts over C&D, including her sole success. She came from off the pace and proved too strong for her rivals in the final furlong. She is one to watch on this track.