Pass The Vino worth the wait for Paul D'Arcy as he wins the the bet365 Handicap at the July Festival
Newmarket trainer Paul D’Arcy may well have found an able deputy to his retired stable star Spring Loaded after Pass The Vino landed the bet365 Handicap on the opening day of the July Festival.
D’Arcy announced earlier this month that injury had forced him to call time on Spring Loaded’s memorable career, one in which he had recorded 11 victories from his 41 outings.
However, 25-1 shot Pass The Vino – ridden by David Egan – provided the Hamilton Road-based trainer and owners Rowley Racing with reason to smile by landing the three-year-old contest by a short-head from Moss Gill.
And looking ahead to the future, D’Arcy is confident he has a talented horse on his hands.
“When we bought him at the sales, he looked like he had a lot of physical improvement in him and we decided to save him for this race because there are very few three-year-old handicaps worth this much money,” said D’Arcy.
“I think he is better than a mark of 85 so we took the view that we would save him for this race and it has paid off.
“He is a very tough horse and I think he is still a bit green. David said he hit the front and did not really know what to do but in the last 50 yards he picked up again so I think there is more improvement in him.
“There are a few options for him, I may look at the Windsor sprint series but the timeframe might be a bit tight.
“He is a decent horse, I do not want to waste him running in handicap after handicap, I think he is a bit better than that.”