Sax Appeal impresses at Southwell

By John Scanlon

The three-year-old  Sax Appeal made a successful seasonal debut at Southwell on January 18.

Johnston Racing’s Saxon Warrior colt had just one run as a juvenile last term, but it came at the last possible opportunity. Sent to contest a novice event over seven furlongs at Lingfield on December 31, the colt was sent off as favourite but ran too green to do himself justice and finished in midfield.

At Southwell, he was one of seven runners who went to post for a restricted novice event, this time over a longer trip of one mile three furlongs and 23 yards. Franny Norton took the ride.

Sax Appeal raced in second on the outer before taking the lead with around half a mile still to race. Turning for home, he held a narrow advantage, but as Oyamal launched a challenge on his inside, Biscoff Joe improved from the rear to come with a run on the wide outside.

To his credit, Sax Appeal didn’t flinch and kept on strongly. Indeed, he forged clear of his challengers from the furlong pole, allowing Franny the luxury of being able to ease him down in the final 50 yards. At the winning post, Sax Appeal had won by five and a half lengths from Biscoff Joe, who just denied Oyamal of second place by a nose.

Sax Appeal is out of the Oasis Dream mare, Isobel Archer. A half-sister to the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Group 1) winner, Naaqoos, Isobel Archer was trained in France by Andre Fabre for Sheikh Mohammed, and although she herself didn’t win, she has produced two winners in Bow And Arrow, a four-time winner by Iffraaj rated in the high 90s, and Liberated Lady, also by Iffraaj, who won races at Wolverhampton and in the States.

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