Tomahawk Upset in Dewhurst, Still Possible for Juvenile
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2002 1:16 PM
Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2002 5:58 PM
Longshot Tout Seul rallied from last to take Saturday's Group I $330,000 Dewhurst Stakes for 2-year-olds at Newmarket, defeating Tomahawk by a length and a quarter.
Tomahawk, owned by Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, is pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park Oct. 26. After settling for second in the seven-furlong Dewhurst, he is still considered a possibility to make the trip along with the rest of trainer Aidan O'Brien's raiding party next week.
Tomahawk raced mid-pack and finished well to edge Trade Fair for the place spot.
Trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton last won the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in 1968 with Ribofilio. The Didcot-based handler's win was a popular one. He was showered with congratulations, including from fellow handlers John Dunlop, Barry Hills and Mick Channon, in the winner's enclosure after Tout Seul had ran on well to beat Tomahawk.
Johnson said, "It's been a long time since Ribofilio when I was younger and didn't he do it well? Isn't he a grand little horse?
"He's owned by Eden Racing, which is a syndicate of ten, set up by my daughter Eve, made up of friends, ex-owners and ex-trainers. They bought two horses and they've been very lucky.
"Tout Seul has always been a nice horse. He's never been a very flashy worker and it's been difficult to know just how good he is. He's always had a lovely turn of foot. From where he was drawn [stall two] he had to come from behind."
"His turn of foot did it today and he quickens so well off the pace."
Steve Carson made his first Group I ride a winning one on the 25-1 chance.
O'Brien's Ontario and Marino Marini, also pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile next week, finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Both would need defections from the preferred Juvenile field in order to get in.
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