Cockney Crew Spelled

18
Apr

WA Derby runner-up Cockney Crew has been spelled and will not pursue an Adelaide campaign next month.

Cockney Crew gave race favourite Regal Power an almighty scare in the Group 2 feature last Saturday going down by a short-head.

It followed bold showings in both the J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m) and Melvista Stakes (2200m), where he placed fourth and second respectively.

Trainer Kieran McDonagh hinted at taking the galloper to Adelaide for the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 11, but felt a spell was best for the horse.

“We thought about and spoke to Hally about it,” McDonagh told The Races WA.

“He’s still immature, sweats up and gets anxious before a race.

“We feel he’s a few months away and will come back a better horse next preparation.

“If only he were a bit more forward he would’ve gone to Adelaide.”

Meanwhile, smart two-year-old Mia Dolce has bounced back to her best form to score a well-deserved victory in this afternoon’s A1 Locksmiths Plate (1200m) at Pinjarra.

The Patronize filly was having her first start for trainer George Davies, following her unplaced effort in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate at Ascot on April 6.

Previously in the care of Frank Pangallo, Mia Dolce wore down race favourite Joyrize in the concluding stages with William Pike aboard in her first start for the new trainer.

Despite the Karrakatta Plate failure, Mia Dolce showed she was more than capable of matching some of the better two-year-olds in the state with honest performances in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Pinjarra and the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot.

Mia Dolce formed the first leg of an early winning double for Pike, who teamed up with Not To Be Mist in the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1200m) earlier in the day.

Elsewhere on the Pinjarra program, To Rise Again upstaged short-price favourite Prince Devoutly in the Glenroy Chaff Maiden (1000m).

After finishing a game third to City Circle at Ascot a fortnight ago, To Rise Again was too speedy down the straight and scored a comfortable two length win.

Tim Walker
www.rwwa.com.au