Levitate heads Sunday treble

By John Scanlon

After Levitate had scored at Thirsk earlier in the day, Temporize and Dutch Decoy scored at Newmarket to complete an across-the-card treble for the yard on July 22.

Ridden by Connor Beasley, Levitate (pictured above under Mairead Heap) rallied inside the final half-furlong having been headed by Stormbreaker, and in a desperately close finish he regained the lead in the final stride to score by a nose, with Grimsby Town two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Levitate is out of the Dr Fong mare, Aiofe Alainn, who, despite her Irish name, did all of her winning as a three-year-old in Italy. Her five wins were topped by success in the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio at Capannelle. Levitate is thus a half-brother to Dr Richard Kimble, whom followers of the team might recall won four races for the yard, and owner Garrett Freyne, back in 2017/18.

Stuart Counsell’s Temporize made a winning debut at Wolverhampton on July 11, and was taking a step up in class when contesting a novice event at Newmarket. The Postponed gelding was the least experienced of the six runners who went to post for this mile and a half event.

Rechercher made the early running, with Temporize racing in second under jockey Franny Norton. Nudged along to challenge two furlongs out, Temporize took the lead approaching the final furlong. Meantime, Open Champion was switched off the rail by Ray Dawson and looked a likely danger. However, Temporize kept on really strongly on the rising ground, winning decisively by a length and a quarter from Open Champion, with Rechercher almost three lengths back in third.

The manner in which Temporize asserted his authority in the closing stages suggests he will be even stronger when upped in trip. Although a multiple Group 1 winner at a mile and a half, his sire Postponed was never raced beyond that distance. His dam Party Line won over a mile and three-quarters and stayed two miles, albeit on York’s  flat track. For the time being, however, this exciting prospect has shown he has the speed to succeed over twelve furlongs.

What a remarkable performer Dutch Decoy is! Having his 17th run in 2022, the Dutch Art gelding notched up his fourth win of the campaign in the mile handicap to complete the treble.

Owned by Owners Group 052, the five-year-old gelding faced just four rivals on the July course and was ridden by Oli Stammers. The young jockey was content to allow Dutch Decoy to find his rhythm in the early stages, and Dutch Decoy brought up the rear as Hayley Turner set a steady pace on Makinmedoit.

Making good progress in the centre of the track with over a quarter of a mile to run, Dutch Decoy hit the front with a furlong and a half to race. Despite edging left throughout the closing stages, the gelding kept on well to score by a length and three-quarters from Al Marmar, with Atheby a length back in third.

This was the first time Dutch Decoy has recorded back-to-back successes in his lengthy career; arguably, the gelding is in the form of his life, having struck up a good understanding with Oli Stammers.


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