Reach The Beach wins Towcester Bumper
The betting suggested this revolved around three, and two of those drew comfortably clear in the straight.
REACH THE BEACH, a sister to hurdles winner Xenophon, as well as a 1m2f Flat Listed winner, looks to have a bit of size about her and she responded nicely to gentle pressure down the straight, just doing enough. The front pair came close but neither was affected enough for it to have influenced the outcome. Whether or not she defies a penalty, she ought to have a future over hurdles.
Ifits A Fiddle is from a good family, her dam being related to Classic Fiddle and Master Fiddle, out of Fiddling The Facts, and she made a highly satisfactory start in second, just missing out, with her rider not getting as serious as he could. She ought to relish 2m and can win a bumper before going hurdling.
Pastoral, a Juddmonte-bred daughter of Arc winner Rail Link, has more speed in her pedigree than the front pair and she was unable to race on in the straight, having travelled up well. She canpossibly find one of these on better ground around a tighter track. [Mark Brown]
QUOTES: Brendan Powell, trainer of Reach The Beach: "She´s been to a racecourse twice beforehand so we thought she would know her job. We may look for another onebut it becomes harder under a penalty."