Couldn’t happen to a nicer horse

Repaying the faith in him shown by his connections, FATHOM FIVE fairly romped away with a minimum distance sprint handicap at Newmarket yesterday afternoon.

A winner first time out at 2 and placed several times, FATHOM FIVE may have been asked too big a question when running respectably at Royal Ascot last June. Thoroughly well wintered at Fawley House Stud and having developed well, this compact, very strong and delightfully amenable fellow – give or take some ideas of his own to demonstrate individuality – had an encouraging come-back run over 6 furlongs.

Trainer Bryan Smart thought that coming back to 5 might suit and the team selected the stiffish 5 and Good ground at Newmarket. Not fighting for his head as he had over 6, FATHOM FIVE raced in mid track and as the eventual second pulled clear, Philip Robinson tracked him, made sure that his horse was balanced and then overhauled him to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

Victoria Silverwood represented manager and 50% owner Allan Bloodlines on the course, and Messrs Agostini and Schimia enjoyed from a distance – one in Chicago and the other successfully in the bookies. Bryan Smart had an across the card double with a 2yo winner at Hamilton and Allan Bloodlines runners at Newbury went well.