Trevor Hemmings’ Dante’s Way (6g Scorpion-Benedicta Rose, by Beneficial) added to Scorpion’s excellent recent run when scoring on his first racecourse outing at Kelso on Wednesday.
The six-year-old, trained by Malcolm Jefferson, was sent off a well-backed favourite for the bumper in which he held off the more experienced Nuts Well (4g Dylan Thomas-Renada, by Sinndar). There was 11 lengths back to the third.
“DANTE´S WAY ran green pretty much throughout but the further he went the better he was, and he´s expected to stay well once sent hurdling,” commented the Racing Post.
Dante’s Way, bought for 25,000 euros as a yearling by Highflyer Bloodstock, was bred by Margaret Treacy.
Meanwhile, Scorpion is also responsible for the EBN ‘Pointer of the Week’ in Pinnacle Panda (4g Scorpion-Scartara, by Linamix).
The four-year-old, a €55,000 store purchase bred by Daniel Furini, coasted home to win at Cold Harbour on Sunday for Tom Lacey.
Point-to-point expert Carl Evans wrote: “Yet another prospect from Tom Lacey’s yard to make an appearance in this column, but when a horse achieves €55,000 as a store it ought to win a maiden point-to- point, and this one did, like so many of his well-schooled stablemates, at the first time of asking. More importantly, he travelled smoothly and showed a marked change of gear from the second-last fence at Cold Harbour on Sunday when beating seven rivals… He won easily, and is now set for tomorrow week’s new DBS point-to-point bumper at Aintree. His dam was a winner who has now produced three more and was a half-sister to useful hurdler Scarlet Mix, while his young sire, whose oldest crop are six, has been gaining winners such as Blue Fashion, Tell Us More and Taniokey to boost his profile.”