Suzi's Decision Picks Up Where She Left off

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01 Jun 2009

SUZI'S DECISION, who ended last season with a win in a Listed race at Newbury in August, does it again on Saturday 30th at Haydock in the 60,000 EBF Joan Westbrook Pinnacle Stakes. This race had been her target to start the season, as it is the most valuable Listed race in the fixture list and also she escaped a penalty for her previous Listed win under the conditions of the race. This fact had not been picked up by anyone and may have had something to do with her starting price of 11/2 gratefully taken by by connections! We had been worried throughout the week that the ground would not be fast enough, but due to some beautiful sunshine, the ground dried out enough for her to take her chance. Another problem of the jockey arose in mid-week, when it transpired that John Egan, the winning jockey at Newbury last season, would not be available. This led to ringing round of jockeys' agents to find a replacement. As there were three good meetings on Saturday and most top jockeys already committed, we decided to look at the best Ireland had to offer! The Irish jockeys' agents are always a pleasure to deal with and with no hesitation Pat Smullen was booked. Pat gave SUZI D a fantastic confident ride and really brought out the best in her. He has superb hands and had her relaxed out the back until she made her challenge up the straight. Then it was a case of the further she went, the better she went to win by 2 1/2 lengths. James Gay of Greenstead Hall Racing was on hand to receive an impressive trophy to add to her haul!

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