Dutch Decoy wins under Oli Stammers
By John Scanlon
A step up in trip seems to have worked the oracle for Dutch Decoy (pictured above), who landed a comfortable success in a Hamilton handicap on July 9.
All but one of the Dutch Art gelding’s 15 previous starts as a five-year-old this term have been over a distance of seven furlongs; at Hamilton, a track where he had won on his only previous appearance, and that over six furlongs as a two-year-old, he was entered to race over a mile and 68 yards, and faced six rivals. Owners Group 52’s gelding was ridden by Oli Stammers.
Ridden patiently at the rear of the field by young Oli as He’s A Gentleman led the field round the Hamilton loop, Dutch Decoy was switched left off the rail with three furlongs to travel. Making good progress on the outer, followed through by Ana Gold, the gelding hit the front with just over a furlong to race and kept on strongly up the Hamilton hill to score.
At the winning post, Dutch Decoy was a length and three-quarters clear of Ana Gold, with He’s A Gentleman a head back in third. This was a sixth career success for Dutch Decoy who seemed to relish the step up in trip, and it will be interesting to see if connections persist in running her over a mile – or even further!
His sire, Dutch Art, only ran twice over a mile, but fared pretty well, finishing third in the 2,000 Guineas and fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while his dam, the Foxhound mare, The Terrier, won twice over five furlongs and didn’t race beyond seven.