Filly Bursts Samizdat’s Bubble


Double Bubble has caused a minor upset in the Mark Peterson 60th Birthday Handicap (1100m), upstaging short price favourite Samizdat at Ascot this afternoon.

The Unencumbered filly was having her first-up since finishing unplaced in the Belgravia Stakes (1200m) in October and made an impressive return to the track.

Double Bubble jumped well from the barriers, before jockey Patrick Carbery elected to settle behind Metro Boy, while Samizdat settled behind the leading pair.

The Simon Miller-trained filly hit the front passing the 100m mark and booted away impressively to record her third win from five starts.

Carhelan finished second, while Samizdat struggled to pick up the leading pair under the 60kg and had to settle for third.

It continued a strong week for the Miller stable, after they took out the Bunbury Stakes during the week with Achernar Star.

Carbery said the persistent rain aided Double Bubble’s cause today and was pleased when she was able to follow Metro Boy into the race.

“I knew she’d jump quick, she always gets out good,” he said.

“I was happy to hand up and she relaxed beautifully.”

Miller’s stable representative Kelly Kinninmont said there were no set plans for the filly going forward.

Meanwhile, jockey Mitchell Pateman has continued his excellent recent form at Ascot, riding an early double aboard Bella’s Idol and Pym’s Royale.

With his three previous rides at Ascot prior to today all winners, Pateman produced a masterful front running display aboard Bella’s Idol in the Amelia Park Beef Handicap (1800m) to start the day.

He then was able to lift Pym’s Royale to victory in the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Handicap (1100m), after he was wide throughout the run.

Tim Walker 




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