Crystallium impresses with unbeaten Newbury record
Tom Clover may have a 1000 guineas competitor on his hands as Crystallium maintained his unbeaten record in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Newbury.
A winner at Chelmsford on her debut, she had missed several engagements since due to unsuitable ground, but Clover clearly did the right thing by looking after her.
Giving weight to some promising types, David Egan’s mount looked like it faced a tough challenge when the only other previous winner in the field, Wyoming, fired wide. However, Crystallium performed well and won by going a length away.
Paddy Power reduced the winner to 33-1 against 50 for Newmarket.
“She looked like she got stronger from her first race, and she did a good job the other day with a good filly,” Clover said.
“It’s still pretty empty and will get a mile next year.
“I don’t want her racing extreme terrain, but if she’s okay she’ll go for the Oh So Sharp (October 7, Newmarket).”
Marcus Tregoning has a rich history with Newbury’s Haynes, Hanson & Clark card and although he was not represented in that particular race this year, he won the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes six-stage Division Two.
Second on his Windsor debut, Skysail (5-1) was timely produced by Dougie Costello to repel Dark Trooper’s late charge.
Tregoning fielded their Sussex Stakes winner Mohaather in the corresponding race in 2018.
“He’s going to be a lovely three-year-old boy and I loved the way he sped up and stretched. I think seven furlongs or a mile will be enough for him and he’s a pretty exciting horse that will go further away.
“There are 12 people in the syndicate (Whitsbury 1) who, at £4,000 each for 12 months covering everything, is hugely valuable I think.”
The Premier Division goes to Owen Burrows Lajooje (5-6 favorite), who had also been vice-champion on his debut at Ffos Las. He was ridden by Ryan Moore.
Burrows said: “Ryan said he probably came in too early and slowed down in front but was still holding on to second horse.
“He also said he didn’t want it to be softer, and I think that might do that for this year.
“I don’t think he’s an all-out sprinter, and he could do seven next year.”