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Elusive Time wins Tote Irish Cambridgeshire for Takashi Kodama

August 27, 2017

Takashi Kodama, who is originally from Japan but trains in Co Kildare, recorded his biggest success to date, as his Elusive Time came home in front in the twenty-seven runner Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.

A prolific winner in Scandinavia earlier in his career, the nine-year-old son of Elusive City recorded his first win in Ireland over the course and distance in September of 2014.

His next success came at Leopardstown on his penultimate start, and he finished fourth to Silverkode on his most recent outing over the course on July 29th.

Sent off at 25/1 this afternoon he was settled towards rear by Ross Coakley. He improved into mid-division over two furlongs out, and was ridden to challenge on the stand side from the furlong pole, soon getting to the front before going on to score by two lengths.

The Mick Halford trained Surrounding finished second at 14/1 (from 16s) under Conor Hoban, while the UK raider Sinfonietta (20s this morning and from 12s to 10s on-course) was another length and three parts back in third for Seamie Heffernan and David Menuisier

Rain Goddess made it a treble on the card for Aidan O’Brien, as she took the Group 3 Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes.

A good second in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot in June, the daughter of Galileo again filled the runner-up spot in the Pretty Polly and the Irish Oaks.

She was a disappointing eighth in the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington on her last start, and was sent off an 11/4 joint-favourite this afternoon.

Ryan Moore, who earlier took the third on U S Navy Flag, was aboard the bay victor, and she was settled in second as stable mate Key To My Heart set the pace.

The winner ridden to challenge from the furlong pole, and soon edged to the front, keeping on well in the closing stages to score by half a length.

The Michael Stoute trained Intimation was the other joint-favourite, and she kept on well to take second under Colin Keane.

Willie McCreery looks to have unearthed a very smart individual in the shape of Liquid Amber,as she took in the Group 3 Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes at the Curragh in fine style.

Creating a nice impression when finishing second on her debut in a maiden at this venue last week, the Niarchos Family-owned filly stepped forward significantly to take the scalp of 1,000 Guineas and Oaks contender Ballet Shoes, denying Aidan O’Brien a double in the first two races.

Ridden to victory by Billy Lee, the sky appears to be the limit for the winning daughter of Kitten’s Joy, with the trainer signalling that a quiet winter can be followed up with an ambitious campaign next spring

While Ballet Shoes may have performed a little underwhelmingly for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore in the previous Group 3 Flame Of Tara Stakes, the red-hot pair were back to winning ways in the Group 3 Plusvital Round Tower Stakes, as U S Navy Flag bounded clear to win impressively at the Curragh.

Having bypassed assignments in France and Britain, the son of War Front flourished nder a no nonsense ride from the front, completing a double for the jockey and trainer.

The winning colt could be Newmarket-bound for the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes after scoring by six lengths at the Kildare venue, well clear of Jessica Harrington’s Landshark.

 

 

 

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