WHAT A CRACKER! When You Sort out the Wood from the Trees It Looks like Party Time for Bell
Byline: NEWSBOY ON TODAY'S TV RACING
WOODCRACKER can end a searching seven days for Michael Bell on a high by landing the 46th John Smith's Cup this afternoon.
There must have been some glum faces around Bell's Fitzroy House yard in Newmarket after the shock defeat of Motivator in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last Saturday.
But, as Bell ponders the future for his Derby winner, he can at least saddle improving four-year-old Woodcracker to victory in today's Knavesmire feature.
The chestnut son of Docksider has evidently not been the easiest horse to train - at four, he has just six career starts.
Down the field at Newmarket on his only start at two, the gelding showed plenty of promise for the future when winning a Nottingham maiden on his reappearance in April of last year.
Bell wasted no time in pitching his man into competitive handicap company, and Woodcracker didn't let him down.
Sent to York's May meeting of 2004 for an event for three-year-olds over today's course and distance, he ran an excellent second to Frank Sonata, a horse who progressed into a Listed winner.
And although he disappointed on faster ground at Royal Ascot last summer, the selection signed off for last season with a victory at Newmarket in October. Starting a 10-1 shot for a pounds 29,000 handicap, Woodcracker and today's pilot Darryll Holland got the better of a rare scrap with Royal Warrant to land the spoils by a short head. …