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Cambridgeshire looks Done deal

Thu, 28 June 2012

Declan Carroll nominated a major autumn target for Swiftly Done after he continued his progression with a last-gasp victory in the Betfred Seaton Delaval Handicap at Newcastle.

On a day when only four of the seven events were completed before the meeting was abandoned due to torrential rain, a liking for testing conditions was a necessity.

Prince Of Sorrento struck the front well over two furlongs out and once he saw off the challenge of Memory Cloth the race looked in safe keeping, but Danny Tudhope had not given up on Swiftly Done (6-1) and after they crossed the line together, Swiftly Done was called the winner by a nose.

"I didn't think we'd got it. It was very close and I thought we were beaten because the other day we had one similar and I was convinced we'd won but we'd lost. He'll be trained for the Cambridgeshire now. He's won that off 90. He goes on soft, he certainly wouldn't want it firm," said Driffield-based Carroll.

Pokfulham gave Tudhope a double in the Betfred "Bonus King Bingo" Handicap, which was the last event to be run on the curtailed card.

Trainer Jim Goldie's son, George, said: "He seems to like a battle these days yet it can take us 10 minutes to get him out on the course. The handicapper will have another go at him and he handles heavy, so we'll just wait and see."

New Pearl may have only had four races in his short career but he now has the unwanted record of being a beaten odds-on favourite twice, with Jubilee Games (4-1) the latest to take advantage.

New Pearl faced only two rivals in the Betfred "The Bonus King" Novice Stakes and everything appeared to be going to plan two furlongs before Robert Winston asked for an effort, only for the colt to weaken rapidly. Richard Fahey's Jubilee Games stuck to his task gamely under Lee Topliss and ran out a four length winner.

Topliss said of the winner: "He went through the ground and we just took it steady. I thought Rob's horse had it won but he got tired in the ground. When I gave my lad a flick he picked up well but he's still a bit of a boy with a lot to learn."

New Pearl's trainer David Brown reported his horse would be checked over by the vet, while Fahey doubled up with what looked a smart debutant - not to mention an appropriately named one in the conditions - as Unsinkable took the Betfred Mobile Sports Median Auction Maiden Stakes.