CUP CHEERS : Ethereal, trained by Sheila Laxon, gets up to beat Give The Slip
to lift the Melbourne Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic Light should have a good pacemaker and Give The Slip
is the ideal horse.
Give The Slip
loved this trip when taking the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot and he looks the one to beat in this St Leger trial.
Give The Slip
can also land his first pattern contest in the Group Three Peugeot Gordon Stakes.
Answers on page 90 The List Last 5 three-year-olds to win the Totesport Ebor Handicap 2001 Mediterranean Aidan O'Brien/Mick Kinane 16-1 2000 Give The Slip
Amanda Perrett/Pat Eddery 8-1 1998 Tuning Henry Cecil/Kieren Fallon 9-2f 1996 Clerkenwell Michael Stoute/Fergal Lynch 17-2 1995 Sanmartino Barry Hills/Willie Carson 8-1
Coral also believe that Tobougg will be Godolphin's number one and they have priced up the race without Fantastic Light, a Royal Ascot winner when pacesetter Give The Slip
did his job to perfection.
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.
His first horse, Sharpo, was shared with his friend Monica Sheriffe and was a top-class sprinter, while his last big winner was Give The Slip
, trained by Amanda Perrett, who won the 2000 Ebor.
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.
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.