Night Safari wins under Archie Young at Lingfield

By John Scanlon

Having finished fourth on all four of his juvenile starts last term, Night Safari (pictured above) disappointed on his seasonal debut at Newcastle on February 8, at a time when the stable’s horses were running well.

So when the Shalaa gelding lined up at Lingfield on March 22, connections were uncertain as to what to expect. Stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time, Night Safari was ridden by Billy Loughnane, and faced six rivals, including an odds-on favourite in Cracker Star.

Night Safari went straight into the lead, but after three furlongs Bradman took over in front, racing on the rail, while Cracker Star was held up at the rear of the field.  As Bradman eased ahead slightly, Billy started to get after Night Safari shortly after passing the four-furlong marker. Swinging into the home straight, he picked up and took the lead with a furlong to run. Staying on well, he held the late run of Cracker Star by three-quarters of a length, with Bradfman a length and a quarter back in third.

Night Safari seemed to relish the step up in trip here and may be suited by further in time. In the meantime, partners were delighted to see him get his head in front.



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