Clay Takes the Chequered Flag!
WINNER 67 OF 2021: CLAY REGAZZONI, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Sam James: 'The Bet at racingtv.com Handicap' over 1m 1f at Musselburgh.
Drawn on the outside in 8, he began the race quite deep on the track, with Sam bringing him across steadily, slotting into second. But he couldn't hold that position for long, as Clay wanted to be in front! He bowled along merrily into the home straight, but his lead was narrowing and in fact he was headed over 1f out. Sam asked him for more and he led again inside the final furlong, keeping on to win by 1/2 a length. Clay and his owners have enjoyed a productive season; he has been in the winners' enclosure for 7 of his last 8 runs and this was his fourth career win and a second over course and distance.
"Clay goes on to land the spoils bravely." Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/351040-bet-at-racingtv-com-handicap-4
Timeform gave him a healthy 75 rating and say: "Has enjoyed a productive spell during last couple of months and turned in best effort of the season to gain a third success in this time, showing a good attitude; soon led, pushed along 2f out, joined soon after, kept on well, went on again final 100 yds.”
Sam said in his Racing TV interview: "He took me to the front and I let him free wheel. He was idling a bit in front in the home straight, but when a horse came to his tail, he was off again!”
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Syndicate manager Mike says: "Well done to his owners. I watched the race from the Goffs yearling sale with the team, not long after we bought a new yearling to go to Keith! Clay was brave in the finish and its great to see him in such good heart. Thank you to Musselburgh for looking after our owners so well. We are honoured to be at the top of their 'leading owners' table this flat season, so we need to make sure we stay there now!”
See our 5 new yearling purchases from Goffs yesterday, here.