BETWEEN Wickets, named after the owner’s abiding love of cricket, put local trainer Marcus Tregoning belatedly on the Salisbury scoreboard for the first time this season.
The Richard Hannon trained, pace-setting Monsea seemed to have set the race nicely up for stable companion Potentate but no sooner had he struck the front than he was tackled by Between Wickets who Martin Dwyer had tucked away at the back of the field before delivering him with a devastating run on the outside.
Tregoning, who moved to Whitsbury in 2012, had equipped the three-year-old, who relished the step up to 10 furlongs, with a hood for the first time.
“I think that made all the difference,” he conceded. “He didn’t run as a two-year-old and has a lot of growing up to do. He’s horse we very much like and apart from the tough race at Ascot last time, he has been very consistent.”
Henry Candy, who gained his first major triumph with Time Charter in the 1982 Oaks, was his usual unfazed self after Lady Pimpernel had caused a huge upset in the feature fillies race.
The 20-1 outsider took the lead from stable companion Veiled Intrigue about a mile out and was never headed, though the outcome might have been different had Gifted Girl not been repeatedly baulked.
“I didn’t think she was as classy as some of the others,” Candy confessed. “But she has this great stride and I thought that might worry a few of the others. She’s tough as hell and she just keeps going.”
Then with a slow smile, he added: “Not bad for a £7,000 breeze-up purchase! I won’t be in a hurry to run her again and the sales could be her next call.”
Lady Pimpernel was the second leg of a double for Candy who views Twilight Son as a horse for the future, despite the two-year-old’s winning debut in the six furlong maiden. The half-brother to the useful Music Master, who Candy will saddle for the Nunthorpe at York’s Ebor meeting next week, came with a smooth run up the fence.
“Everything is a bit of a surprise for him but he is very professional in other ways,” he said.
“He hit the front very easily but then started staring at everything. He will be better next time.”