Ken Nicol: It was the Marcus and Fayd’Herbe show at Kenilworth on Monday, as the two senior jockeys won five of the eight races between them.
Marcus was the darling of favourite backers as all three of his winners topped bookmakers boards.
First up was Too Cute (14-10), who won what looked an extremely strong Maiden 1200m for fillies.
The Trippi filly made all, but had to hold off a strong late challenge from market rival Sailing Ship (2-1), while Snowdance’s half sister Lilac Sensation made a cracking debut and was only beaten half a length into third.
He then followed up with Boomps A Daisy (5-10) and Super Silvano (19-20) who both won more or less as expected. The former was never headed in the FM 84 over 1000m, while the latter closed the day with an ultimately comfortable win in the Maiden 1200m.
One to take note of here is runner up Quintay. Adam Marcus’ juvenile gave Super Silvano some cheek, and was a few lengths clear of the third horse. He seems certain to be a warm favourite next time.
Fayd’Herbe continued his recent rich run of form with a swift double. Rosalie Runs (47-20) took Race 4 for Andre Nel, and Spectra Force (137-20) won Race 5 for Harold Crawford to follow up his recent win under the talented heavyweight.
Strongest race of the day was a MR91 over 1600m, which saw another smart win from progressive Nexus.
The Dynasty colt raced close to the pace if a little wide in the small field, and asserted in the straight to score by a lengths and a quarter without any real fuss.
“He’s going places, and will now have a go at the Winter Derby” said Chris Snaith after the race.