ALEXANDRA PALACE (Anthony Delpech, photo), rallied gamely to win Sunday’s Listed Sea Cottage Stakes, for three-year-olds over 1800m, from American Storm and Fire Wheel.
Fire Wheel was sent about her business early by jockey Robbie Fradd and she’d built up a good lead going into the last 200m, but Delpech was hard at work on Alexandra Palace and they just managed to get there in the drive to the line.
Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock was impressed with Alexandra Palace’s performance, saying that he was only about 85% fit and still green. “He’ll come on a lot with this run under his girth.”
Alexandra Palace holds an entry to the Gr1 Cape Derby on 2 February at Kenilworth and Mathew commented: “We’ll have a look at the field and make a decision in due course.”
Alexandra Palace, by Jet Master, races in the silks of Tmen stables, belonging to Singapore-based Mark Yong, who is a client and friend of Patrick Shaw and sent him to the De Kock stable.
*Viva Maria stayed on well to take third place behind Beach Beauty in Saturday’s Gr1 Main Chance Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth.