Wednesday, July 6, 2022

York Review: Fine wine matures for intellectual handicap sprinter

Fine Wine is clearly maturing, as his name suggests, judging by the way he ran every yard in the Paddy Power ‘Making Flat Less Flat’ obstacle course in York.

Scott Dixon’s 5-year-old has played his 17th game since October and scored his fifth win in that span, showing his opponent a pair Clean heels.

Despite only running in Hamilton on Sunday, Fine Wine posted a career-best finish and jumped out of the booth under Jack Duern.

At the head of the whole thing, he might seem halfway through, but once Doon asked him a question, Fine Wine took it and quickly avoided it, drawing length from some good handicap sprinters.

A 5-1 chance to beat Raasel by three points was a huge advantage in a match like this, with Good Effort making a short headed comeback in third.

“It’s really impressive,” Dixon said.

“There must have been some concern that made him run back so quickly. He was always sore the next day after the run and I wasn’t going to actually announce him, but I trotted him up the morning of the announcement and he was like a Dressage horse.

“I think we should announce that he produced his most impressive performance to date.

“The Dash (at Epsom) is the next target. We’ve been hapless 2nd and 3rd in the race before and I would love to win it, I always thought Fine Wine would be a Dash horse.

“I think we’ll go straight there. He should have a few weeks off.”


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