CITY WIN FOR SWIFT SUCCESSION
PETER MOODY-trained SWIFT SUCCESSION resumed in a hot 3yo field at Sandown. Remarkably, of the ten final acceptors, nine were last-start winners, with the only non-winner having been beaten not far in a Group 3 race at his previous start. After scratchings it meant seven of the eight runners were last-start winners, including our own Swift Succession. Such was his pre-race expectation, though, that he was the rank outsider, and, despite his working well and having had a couple of encouraging trials, Peter thought that he would need the run and would be better-suited over longer. However, after jumping well, jockey Luke Nolen had him perfectly placed one-out and one-back and travelling comfortably in the run, and presented him at the right time in the straight to challenge. It took most of the straight for Swift Succession to reel in the leaders, and once he did get there it looked like Peter’s pre-race prognosis would come to fruition as he started to wobble with about 50m to go and it looked like he might finish a close fourth. However he kept coming, despite running about a bit, and arrived in time for what was a good win. A healthy contingent of Laurel Oak owners attended the day to boost the midweek crowd, and significantly add to the noise level with some enthusiastic barracking down the straight. Commentators thought it may the bookies cheering when, in fact, it was some very happy Laurel Oak owners!