By Gordon Brown
CALLUM RODRIGUEZ was full of praise for Gioia Cieca after the partnership scrambled home by a short-head in the feature race at Musselburgh on Wednesday.
The Keith Dalgleish-trained 15/2 chance was given a positive ride by his jockey as they held off odds-on favourite Tadreeb in a nail-biting finish to the Visit racingtv.com Handicap over seven-furlongs.
Rodriguez said: “He’s a proper horse and wasn’t totally disgraced in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot. That was his first run on turf and he’s a lovely type with a top American pedigree.
“I would say he doesn’t wants the ground any quicker than this but he’ll stay further and he should have a decent future. He just took me there so easily and he clearly has tons of ability.”
Dalgleish and Rodriquez teamed up 35 minutes later to complete a quick-fire double when Clay Regazzoni won by a neck in the Bet At RacingTV.com Handicap and land his first race on grass at the 23rd attempt.
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