Angel Floats Home
WINNER 22 OF 2023: IATO'S ANGEL, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Joe Fanning: The 'racingtv.com Handicap' over 1m 2f, at Redcar.
The daughter of Footstepsinthesand was having her first try at this trip - running last time out over a mile. A little on the back foot as the gates opened, once Joe asked her to go forward she was more prominent. Disputing the lead on the outer, as they came to the 3 furlong marker, she was going the easiest of the lot and Joe hadn't yet made his move as she took the lead. Going easily, he asked her to quicken 2f out and although strongly pressed by the joint favourite and headed inside the final furlong, she battled on gamely to assert towards the finish and win by a neck.
"Iato's Angel battling back to score." Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/results/uk/439106-redcar/17-Apr-2023/1610
Timeform rated it as a career best 78 performance, saying: "On softer ground than previously, showed improved form to resume winning ways, going with plenty of enthusiasm but also having enough left to rally and fend off the runner-up close home over this 2f longer trip, opening up plenty of options; close up, raced freely, led on bridle 3f out, kicked on 2f out, joined last ½f, rallied."
There was no post race interview with Joe, from Racing TV unfortunately, but at the end of the card in their round up, Adele Mulrennan said: "She was very honest at the finish and you have to give her credit. She stuck her neck out when challenged and was very game."
Syndicate manager Mike, says: "Well done to her owners on her second win. She showed such a fantastic attitude in the final furlong, made even more impressive as this was her first try over this trip and on softened ground too. A good ride by Joe and this opens up plenty of opportunities for her going forward."