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.
Just as the Ballydoyle pacemaker had done on the final bend 12 months earlier, so Give The Slip
edged away from the rail.
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.
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.
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.
The Godolphin trainer explained: 'Fantastic Light's best trip is between ten and 12 furlongs but he does need a good pace in the race and that is why Give The Slip
will also run.
Former trainer Guy Harwood must be mighty proud of his daughter Amanda Perrett's exploits this season and Give The Slip
(3.50) can supply the Pulborough handler with another success at her local track.
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.
"Give The Slip
will, if necessary, make sure the pace is a decent one.
Give The Slip
just stuck his head out and battled on bravely.