Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, who has enjoyed a fruitful two days at Tattersalls replenishing his stock for next year, Ace Ventura made a promising debut at Doncaster’s St Leger Meeting and he put that experience to good use here, travelling powerfully against the false rail, the track having been artificially narrowed on account of the ground.
The Richard Hannon-trained Carp Kid briefly threatened to get involved passing the two furlong marker, but he couldn’t sustain his challenge at the business end of the race, and it was down to Jonathan Portman’s newcomer Mandalayan to throw down the final challenge in the centre of the track, although Ace Ventura always looked like doing enough and he eventually prevailed by a neck.
Roger said: “Ace Ventura is by a sprinter in Mayson, but he certainly improved with age, and he is a half-brother to Alessandro Volta, who finished fourth in the Irish Derby, so you would think the best is yet to come. His physical make-up would reflect that as well and he will be a lovely horse as a three-year-old.”
Thirty minutes later, Abdullatif M Al-Abdulrazzaq’s Jamil made the perfect introduction when producing a strong-staying performance to land the seven-furlong novice by two and a quarter lengths.
A son of Dansili who was purchased at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, Jamil displayed signs of his inexperience in the early stages of the race, but the penny really dropped when Andrea showed him daylight in the centre of the track, the colt powering through the mud to see off the more experienced duo of Dance Emperor and Mr Gent.
Roger said: “Jamil has worked nicely and he was ready to make a start, although this was quite a taking performance first time out. The race possibly fell apart a little, but he was far superior to his rivals and he, too, should make-up into a very nice horse next year.”