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VVRESULT Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes 6f 1 Astaire.
Kevin Ryan and Neil Callan with Astaire after the Gimcrack
Gimcracks statement that "Knowledge is my ultimate end" thus functions as a general principle that Shadwell consistently undercuts by the obviously erroneous quality of the virtuoso's observations.
Thus the play spends a great deal of its energy indicating the various costs of Gimcracks penchant for experimentalism, and does so in explicitly sexual and financial terms.
Gimcracks own marriage plot leaves him with a wife (his second) known for her sexual promiscuity.
However, rather than reduce Gimcracks experimentalism to a backdrop for a sexual farce, Shadwell utilizes the virtuoso's passion for natural philosophy as the mechanism through which his world crumbles.
THE Ebor meeting at York saw two unbeaten two-year-old colts Showcasing and Elusive Pimpernel bolster reputations with wins in the Gimcrack and Acomb respectively.
Showcasing is a speedily-bred son of Group 1-winning sprinter Oasis Dream and proved in the Gimcrack that he possesses a high cruising speed and smart turn of foot.
Twilight Blues never won over 1m and the pick of his form as a four-year-old was at 6f, so the 2002 Guineas winner Rock Of Gibraltar is the only top miler to have finished in the first three in the Gimcrack since 2000.
Granted, he was not reading Sheikh Mohammed's speech, as Osborne did at the previous Gimcracks.
THE annual Gimcrack speech is, unusually for such fin-de-saison events, something the audience actually looks forward to.
Ferguson was this time speaking in place of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, the Dubai ruler's younger brother and owner of Gimcrack Stakes winner Shaweel.