Cockney Crew Storms Back Into Ascot Carnival Contention

21
Oct

Emerging stayer Cockney Crew reignited his Ascot carnival ambitions when he powered back to the winners list in determined fashion at Ascot on Saturday.

The Kieran McDonagh-trained four-year-old cast aside the disappointment of his shock last-start defeat when as the short-priced favourite he was nailed on the line by Taxagano at Belmont.

But he rebounded impressively and after engaging in a speed battle with Beaucount for the lead early, Cockney Crew, took control of the race from the 1200m and pinched a break before the turn.

Despite tiring late over the final 100m, the son of Maschino, who gave star apprentice Jade McNaught the second leg of a treble, revealed fighting qualities to win the Amelia Park Handicap (1800m).

He defeated Forceful by a half-length with Jedaffair, who started second favourite ($5) behind Cockney Crew ($1.80), filling third place.

Cockney Crew flashed potential last season when he ran second to Regal Power in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) and Group 2 WA Derby (2400m) respectively.

McDonagh said he was confident Cockney Crew would atone from his previous loss.

“I thought we might have done a bit early, but hands up to Jade because that was a great ride,” McDonagh said.

“She actually rode him perfect and knows the horse really well.

“That’s his asset, cut their throats if you can and she did a great job.

“He is a battler and I reckon he lets them get to him and then he loves to kick again.

“He has got great fight in him.”

McDonagh said Cockney Crew will target the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on November 16.

Julio Santarelli
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