Trevor Andrews claimed a double in successive races when Miltary Secret and The Rising were impressive winners at Belmont yesterday in the 1000m Vinnies and Rotary Handicaps, respectively.
Shaun McGruddy had Miltary Secret in last position until the business end of the race and the Belhus Syndicate galloper finished too strongly for Tax A Million (Steven Parnham) who had been given every chance by his rider. Shining Knight (Chris Parnham) ran third.
Andrews said that although Military Secret has been campaigning, in this preparation, since January he had shown no signs of training off.
“He is a happy horse and as sound as a bell. He will step up in company but will come down in the weights and while no superstar he is a good bread and butter horse,” the trainer said.
McGruddy and Andrews combined again in the fourth race when the aptly named The Rising won his sixth race from seven starts.
This time the jockey had his charge leading throughout and after shrugging off Right Time had more than enough left to hold off Miss Solis (Pat Carbery) by three quarters of a length.
Part- owners Ken and Helen Gregson celebrate their 40th anniversary today (Sunday). According to one stable source the former had quipped that the 40 years was “a double life sentence.” Gregson may find it now comes with hard labour!
The Rising’s only failure was at his previous start but there were excuses for his sixth on that occasion- and not just because his strapper Geoff Rains claimed it was because he was away on an Asian holiday!
Andrews said the entire had choked down in the race won by Stacks On on April 20. He had an elevated heart rate after that run and Andrews advised stewards he would use a cross-over noseband in future in an effort to improve the colt’s performance.
It worked. Andrews said the horse would continue his racing as an entire as “precocious types like him can make good sires.”