Alexis Badel fired home a double to bookend Sunday’s (8 November) 10-race card at Happy Valley which he capped with a gritty success aboard Golden Dash (119lb) in the Class 2 Fenwick Handicap (1200m).
“He’s a nice horse – I don’t think I gave him the best ride but he’s a big horse with a great action,” Badel said, “I was a bit beaten for pace at the beginning so I stayed a bit wide and when the pace slowed I kept improving to let him roll and keep the momentum.”
The gelding broke evenly from gate six but from there travelled three-wide throughout and was entitled to throw in the towel but he dug deep for a tough short-head win ahead of Shining Gem (128lb), while favourite Highland Fortune (121lb) nabbed third.
“He’s a very nice horse, as long as you give him a chance at the start he’ll keep rolling and rolling – he never stops,” Badel said.
The Danny Shum-trained six-year-old is now a five-time victor from 17 starts, but his career hasn’t been smooth sailing as the talented son of Snitzel has twice been found to have substantial blood in his trachea, while also overcoming a leg issue last year.