Apparently not Ordnance Row, a 6-year-old gelding by Mark of Esteem who’s campaigned in England. He certainly has earned the nickname, ‘Iron Horse’.
On Saturday, trainer Richard Hannon entered his durable gelding in the Totesport.com Celebration Mile (Eng-II) at Goodwood. After making much of the early pace, Ordnance Row was overtaken in the final furlong by former stablemate and new Godolphin recruit, Delegator, who went on to win by 1 1/2-lengths.
Juddmonte Farms’ homebred, Zacinto, just edged out Ordnance Row for second, getting his head in front at the wire.
Returning to the stable none the worse for wear, Hannon decided to ‘wheel-back’ Ordnance Row and run him in the seven-furlong Supreme Stakes (Eng-III), which was also at Goodwood.
Partnered on Sunday by Ryan Moore, Ordnance Row was held up at the rear of the field as Abbondanza and Carcinetto went to the front and set an honest pace. Entering the home straight, Ordnance Row still was in last. He began to make headway just over a furlong to go, and took command 100 yards from the wire, winning by one length.
Moore told reporters after the race, “The boss thought is was a nice loosener for the horse yesterday, and that it was well worth running him again.”
It goes without saying that, in this day and age here Stateside, that something like this wouldn’t happen. Well, possibly in a low level claiming race, where it certainly would raise some red flags.
However, for a trainer to use a group II race as a ‘prep’ for another stakes just 24 hours later? Never.
We all know our Thoroughbreds aren’t stout enough! 😉