CUP CHEERS : Ethereal, trained by Sheila Laxon, gets up to beat Give The Slip
to lift the Melbourne Cup
Coming into the straight, Give The Slip
came slightly off the rails, allowing the Italian just the room he needed to save a precious few strides.
GALILEO (8 11) Jul 28, Ascot, 1m 4f stks A (Gp 1) 127], good to firm, pounds 435,000: 1 GALILEO (8-9, M J Kinane, 7) tlead over 2f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, driven and forged ahead last 150y (1 to 2 fav ), 2 FANTASTIC LIGHT (9-7,L Dettori, t, 3) ridden and upsides over 1f out, beaten last 150y, eased near line (7 to 2 ), 3 Hightori (9-7) 10 CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (btn 20l) (9-7, W Smith, bl, 4) always rear, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out (200 to 1 ), 11 GIVE THE SLIP
(btn 23l) (9-7, D O'Donohoe, 6) led to over 2f out, weakened and eased (66 to 1 ), 12 ICE DANCER (btn 30l) (8-9, P J Scallan, 11) (200 to 1 ), ; 12 Ran.
Thus they raced until the turn for home, Ice Dancer in a clear lead but fully expected to perish soon afterwards (which he did), the big two looming up to pass Give The Slip
and battle it out up the straight.
Ebor winner Give The Slip
would be an interesting contender.
Give The Slip
has been successfully used as a pacemaker for Fantastic Light twice already this season.
He needs a good pace in a race at a mile and a quarter and Give The Slip
does a good job," the trainer said.
Fantastic Light should have a good pacemaker and Give The Slip
is the ideal horse.
This represents a step up in grade for Give The Slip
but he is clearly improving rapidly and can keep up the good work here at the expense of some less-experienced rivals.
Godolphin pulled a rabbit out the hat last night when they announced that Ebor and Royal Ascot winner from last season Give The Slip
would be in the pacemaker role for World Champion Fantastic Light at the Royal meeting next week.
Former trainer Guy Harwood must be mighty proud of his daughter Amanda Perrett's exploits this season and Give The Slip
When Give The Slip
moved off the rail to let Fantastic Light up his inside at Leopardstown, this concerted and pre-ordained manoeuvre was widely greeted as a stroke of tactical genius.
Last year's Emirates World Series champion, sent off the 5-4 favourite, was produced in the final two furlongs by Frankie Dettori to get the better of a protracted battle with the Pat Eddery-ridden Golden Snake by a neck after Godolphin stablemate Give The Slip
proved the perfect pacemaker.
There were no problems and Give The Slip
was in good form.
The only other withdrawal from 10 five-day entries was Godolphin's Give The Slip