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Luckless Lisa's Legacy gives Whitsbury trainer first Salisbury win
3:59pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
CONSISTENT but luckless are the adjectives to define the barren career of Lisa’s Legacy.
Hampered at Windsor, trapped wide at Kempton and shuffled back at Lingfield form the explanation, writes John Hoskins.
But fate balanced itself during part one of Salisbury Splendour when the three-year-old scooted clear in the ten furlong handicap to dispense with his unwanted maiden tag and give local trainer Daniel Kubler his first win at the track.
Kubler, established at Whitsbury since the late winter of 2012, said of the gelding: “He has always been finishing well but he needs things to fall his way and finally they have.”
“We’ve been throwing enough darts with him and finally we’ve hit the bull’s eye.”
Otherwise it was a case of everything coming in twos – two winners for Richard Hannon, two for former champion jockey Ryan Moore and two for the Cheveley Park stud.
The afternoon gave further proof that it’s not so much a question of if, but more of when Richard Hannon reaches another milestone at the venue.
Two years ago, his unflinching support yielded a record 20 winners, but with six meetings still to savour, he has already saddled 17, the unstoppable juggernaut taking the opening two races.
Not that Showpiece initially threatened to add to the haul in the six furlong maiden.
Palpably unsuited by the undulations, it was not until he hit the rising ground that Moore brought him, with a sweeping run on the outside, to score decisively.
Winner number two came 30 minutes later when Truth or Dare, on and off the bridle throughout, eventually justified his odds-on status in the one-mile handicap.
However, success may come at a price.
“His days at handicapping are almost over. He may run in the Zetland at Newmarket. Getting a mile and a quarter will be no problem,” said Hannon.
Beedee briefly threatened to cause a major upset and give Hannon a third winner in the other mile handicap but he could not claw back Russian Realm, who defied a near three-month absence as trainer Sir Michael Stoute gave him time to develop.
Russian Realm gave Moore his second winner but he surrendered the ride to the stable’s Mango Diva in the ten furlong feature race of £42,500.
Salisbury’s richest race of the year, the £75,000 Sovereign Stakes on Thursday, was won by Afsare, cruising past five opponents at the distance to win by six lengths.
Salisbury’s next meeting is on Friday, August 30 (5pm first race).