Sir Alex Ferguson's I'm Fraam Govan wins at Kempton
Last Updated: 19/12/13 8:11am
Sir Alex Ferguson: Owns I'm Fraam Govan
I'm Fraam Govan (9/2 joint-favourite) overcame a troubled passage to win the London Middle Distance Series Final at Kempton.
The 11 furlong contest, which went under the name of Betdaq - The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap, was worth over £37,000 to the winner, a prize that was claimed by the Sir Alex Ferguson owned five year old.
Settled in midfield by Jim Crowley, the lightly raced Fraam gelding looked as though his race was going to end in defeat when he found his passage blocked as the field panned out across the course.
Crowley switched to his left and the eventual winner had to be strong to muscle his way past Castilo Del Diablo who looked less than willing before consenting to run on for Adam Kirby.
He eventually finished second behind the George Baker-trained winner as the pair stayed on strongly past 12/1 chance Icebuster who had got first run and looked set to take the prize only to be cut down inside the final half a furlong.
Baker commented: "I am absolutely delighted. He promised to be quite good as a bumper horse. We ran him in the Cheltenham bumper and went there full of hope but I think he does not quite stay that sort of trip.
"Bringing him to the Flat has worked out fantastically and I think he has shown that today. He is a big horse and got stopped in his run two and a half furlongs out but still managed to get going again and win pretty easily.
"He is an exciting prospect for Sir Alex and it is great fun for us to be training a good one for him.
"When the horse won round Kempton two months ago, it made sense to protect his mark and go for this £60,000 prize. It was meant to be run last week until it got fogged off but luckily it has all come good today.
"This was the plan and we will get him home and see where we are. He clearly goes at Kempton on the Polytrack but he also has decent form on turf and will be going up to a mark that maybe means he can sneak into some of the bigger handicaps next summer."