Conservative finishes 6th on his CRC debut!
16:35 – Simon Clare catches up with Chris, one of Conservative's Owners for the Day, after the race
It was a day to remember for Chris, one of the lucky winners from the recent Owner for the Day competition, as he got the full Owners experience with the team at Southwell today, meeting Scott Dixon and the whole Conservative team.
“I’ll be going in for all the other ballots.” 🤩@SiClare speaks to one of our owners for the day Chris and it’s safe to say he’s loved his time here at @Southwell_Races with Conservative and @ScottPJDixon 🏇🏼#CoralRacingClub pic.twitter.com/dhgYfM3GTl— Coral (@Coral) January 23, 2023
16:15 – Conservative finishes 6th on his Coral Racing Club debut
In what was a competitive Class 3 handicap, Conservative finished a very respectable 6th on his debut for the Club.
He was alert out the stalls and Connor managed to get him in a nice position early on right behind the leader Counsel. Travelling sweetly throughout, as they came around the home bend Connor started to push the button to see how much Conservative had to give and he responded well, battling on all the way down the home straight.
It was only in the final furlong and a half that he started to tire as his rivals went on, including the eventual winner Alrehb.
WATCH: We caught up with Scott Dixon after the race to hear his thoughts
After 144 days off the track, Conservative returns to @Southwell_Races finishing 6th. @ScottPJDixon is hopeful he can now build on that. Make sure you’re signed up to the #CoralRacingClub to join his journey and hear Scott’s full verdict 🏇🏼 pic.twitter.com/WeVsXa51jT— Coral (@Coral) January 23, 2023
15:40 – It just had to be didn't it! Congratulations to Kat and Conservative on winning best turned out
Conservative wins best turned out! 😍 pic.twitter.com/miisEPCCDs— Coral (@Coral) January 23, 2023
15:35 – Conservative is currently 16/1 to make a winning CRC debut
15:10 – Watch and listen to the very latest from Scott Dixon ahead of Conservatives debut in around 30 minutes time!
It's now just 30 mins until Coral Racing Club's Conservative makes his debut at @Southwell_Races 🏇@ScottPJDixon shared some pre-race tactics with us from the course and believes dropping back over a mile will suit after a lengthy break since Conservative's last race. pic.twitter.com/ANdMDcng4E— Coral (@Coral) January 23, 2023
14:45 – "I can't wait to get him all plaited up and looking beautiful"
Catch up with Conservative and his regular work rider, Kat, as she tells us all about his personality and how excited she is to see him in action.
🏇 @ScottPJDixon trained Conservative makes his debut for the Coral Racing Club in the 15:40 at @Southwell_Races today.— Coral (@Coral) January 23, 2023
We chatted with work rider (and No.1 fan!) Kat to learn and see first-hand more about his personality and their expectations ahead of his home ground run. pic.twitter.com/Zr5wRuwdVL
14:00 – Don't dismiss course and distance form!
Course and distance form is an angle many look for when assessing a race, and Conservative is one of only two course and distance winners in the field, with the other being the Michael Appleby-trained Zealot.
When Conservative won over C&D, jockey David Probert made sure he was in a prominent position early on, and having spoken to Scott Dixon this morning, the same instructions are likely to be given to Connor Beasley today.
13:30 – Did you know that Conservative's sire is Churchill?
Churchill was a dual-classic winner, having won the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. He was a real star for Aidan O'Brien. His gran-sire nis Galileo, who is the most successful sire of the last two decades. He has produced five Derby winners – New Approach, Ruler of the World, Australia, Anthony Van Dyck and Serpentine.
WATCH: Churchill wins the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2017
13:00 – Good afternoon to all our Coral Racing Club members!
To kick thing's off, let's take a look back at two of Conservatives most impressive runs so far in his career whilst he was trained by Martyn Meade.
Ahead of Conservative's debut for the Club this afternoon, we'll be bringing you all the latest updates from the track at Southwell, plus some interesting facts and stats about him and his trainer Scott Dixon.
It was third time lucky in March last year as he won over course and distance at Southwell, and he followed that up with another good performance at Wolverhampton.