By John Scanlon
On September 28, the yard chalked up an across-the-card treble, the first since July 16. And what a treble it was, Striding Edge, Roseabad and Fandabidozi winning at combined odds of 4,200-1!
The fun began at Hamilton Park, where Mrs Christine Budden’s Striding Edge took on six rivals in a handicap over nine furlongs. The Canford Cliffs gelding opened his winning account in a handicap at Musselburgh on July 10, and added a second win on the last day of that month, landing a Pontefract handicap over the same distance by no less than 10 lengths.
His form appeared to have dipped in three subsequent runs, and as a result he was sent off at odds of 12/1 at Hamilton, in a 0-90 handicap over nine furlongs. Partnered by Ben Curtis, Striding Edge was one of three three-year-olds in a field of seven for the race.
Striding Edge made a fine start, but stablemate, Makyon, soon swept past to make the early running under Joe Fanning. The Kingsley Park pair continued to lead, tracked by Dark Lochnagar and Granite City Doc, until the two furlong marker, at which point Striding Edge nosed into the lead.
Le Chiffre and El Picador began to make good progress on the outside, the latter running on particularly well in the last half furlong. But Striding Edge continued to travel strongly, responding well to Ben Curtis’ driving, and held on to score by a head from El Picador, with Le Chiffre a length and a half back in third.
Readers may well recall Striding Edge’s mare, Assault on Rome, who landed five wins for the yard and the Budden family in 2014/5.
Just over an hour later at Bath, Happy and Roseabad were part of a field of eight who lined up for a Future Stayers’ novice event over a mile. Franny Norton partnered Happy, while William Buick took the ride on Mr Hussain Lootah’s Roseabad, an Awtaad filly who was making her racecourse debut.
Roger Varian’s Albanman was all the rage for this race, partly as a result of which Roseabad was allowed to start at 22/1. The early pace was set by Greystoke, with Happy racing prominently and Roseabad settled in midfield.
As Albanman came with his challenge, both Happy and Roseabad remained competitive. Indeed, when Roseabad was given a reminder by William, she ran on well, staying on strongly on the outside of the favourite to score by a neck. Happy finished third, one and three-quarter lengths behind Albanman.
This was an exciting, and remunerative, debut for Roseabad, who landed a Tattersalls Book 1 Bonus of £25,000 for the win. Out of the Daylami mare, Dayrose, Roseabad is a half-sister to several winners, notably the Qatar Derby and Glorious Stakes winner, Dubday.
The treble was completed at Newcastle, when Fandabidozi (pictured above) marked himself out as a promising staying prospect when landing the juvenile ten furlong maiden for his owners, Kingsley Park 18.
On just his third career start, the Mastercraftsman colt was stepping up from seven furlongs to a mile and quarter, and was set to face six rivals. However, the complexion of the race changed greatly when the long odds-on favourite, Pied Piper, refused to enter the stalls.
Connor Beasley partnered Fandabidozi and asked the colt to make all the running. Travelling strongly, he was clear of his field three furlongs out, looking all over the winner. In the closing stages, Silver Gunn and Cherokee Dance began to close the gap on the leader, but Fandabidozi kept on gamely, eventually scoring by three-quarters of a length from Cherokee Dance, with Silver Gunn finishing the same distance back in third.
Fandabidozi is a full brother to a filly called Dessertoflife who won a German Group 3 for her owners, TT Bloodstocks, when trained by Mark in 2015. That filly excelled over seven furlongs, though, at least arguably, she stayed a mile and a half. It will be interesting to see what distance Fandabidozi will require to be seen at his best.
In the meantime, this was an exciting way to get off the mark, and it completed a remarkable treble on the day.