Classic Mission wins at last. Then demoted in stewards’s room.
It has taken three years and 21 races to get this horse to win. We knew he was in the form of his life today and that the race was winnable on his best form with the assistance of Charlie Bennett’s 7lbs claim. We had sidestepped other recent tempting races preferring today’s race as his best chance of getting his head in front and that is just what he did, by a head, with the third horse four and a half lengths further back. Yes our horse did hang in on the second horse but at no stage did Adam Kirby stop riding. He simply out acted Charlie Bennett in the steward’s room, I can only assume.
Charlie Bennett also received a three day ban for careless riding. Surely that would have sufficed. There was no intentional interference. The difference in prizemoney was £2,272.00. Doesn’t sound a lot but it is all needed.