Frankel Gets A First Winner Over Hurdles With Solo Saxophone

It might not have been what was in the mind of his breeders but Solo Saxophone, a son of Frankel, made a winning debut over hurdles at Catterick.

Formerly owned by Moyglare Stud and trained by Dermot Weld, the three-year-old colt is now in the care of Dan Skelton and was a first runner over jumps for the superstar stallion.

Bought for €62,000 at Goffs Horses in Training Sale, he created quite a stir before the Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Juvenile Hurdle, for which he was sent off the 6-4 favourite.

Everything was going smoothly until the fifth-last, when he made a bad blunder. Solo Saxophone then lost even more ground at the next flight when a horse jumped across him.

At that point he could be backed at nearly 100-1 on the exchanges but Harry Skelton made his mind up for him and decided to see what was under the bonnet.

Quite impressively, he kept on picking up and it looked inevitable after the last that he would catch Outcrop, who went down by four lengths.

Skelton said: “It didn’t look likely down the back straight, but he got a bit of a fright.

“This is a sharp track and we were on the back-foot after that.

“This is the best ground he has run on, though. It was very soft what he was running in Ireland, and I think that (better ground) has helped.

“He showed a decent amount of ability on the Flat but he’d worn headgear, which we left off.

“To win first time over hurdles is all you can ask and I think he’ll be better in a bigger field.

“One thing he’s shown there is that’s he’s definitely got an engine.”

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