‘Go on my Son’ – as Bentley dashes to Diamond delight at Newmarket Racecourse
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Son of Africa enjoyed a sparkling day on the July course on Saturday, winning the Diamond Dash Stakes over the minimum five-furlong trip.
The Henry Candy trained three-year-old showed a sparkling turn of foot to clock under 59 seconds for the sprint under jockey Harry Bentley.
“The drop to five was crucial. This was his first time over five and he had plenty of speed. I pulled back as I didn’t want to get trapped on the rail and when he hit the rising ground he went again,” said Bentley, after bagging the £20,000 race.
Son of Africa had enough speed to beat top weight Union Rose with Maljaa back in third and disappointing favourite Just Us Two well to the rear.
Trainer Charlie Appleby and apprentice jockey Kevin Stott scored a super double for Godolphin, even beating their own stable-mate for their second win.
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Appleby is in top form and landed the opener when Hornsby stormed home.
Down the field on debut at Sandown, the two-year-old Dubawi colt was always travelling well and overtook fading favourite Street Duel on the outside 400 yards from the line.
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Although Zebadiah and Cartago challenged, Hornsby held on by half a length, returned at 9/2, to keep Appleby’s hot streak on fire.
In the fillies’ handicap, the pair scored again when 4/1 shot No Delusion got up in the final strides to beat the Saeed bin Suroor trained Godolphin runner Amazing Speed.
Hawkin took it out from the stalls but inside the final furlong it was all about the Godolphin pair before No Delusion pulled clear to complete a 26/1 double.
Paris Snow recorded an impressive hat-trick when winning for the third time in three weeks by taking the 13-furlong handicap.
The Ian Williams-trained gelding had to dig deep but at 4/5, got the better of Deinonychus to give claimer George Downing a riding success.
Meetings Man had been the early leader but faded and 300 yards from the finish Paris Snow ranged up alongside Deinonychus and then proceeded to win the battle to the line to reward favourite backers.
Hayley Turner’s enterprising front-running ride on Ashridge Lad paid dividends in the mile maiden as the three-year-old won in style.
Quickly away, the winner never saw another runner and when looking as if he might be slowing inside the final two furlongs, kicked again to pull clear, returned the 2/1 joint favourite.
Runner-up Druids Ridge was in the frame for the fourth successive time with the other joint favourite Arthenus a never-nearer third.
Hot favourite Direct Times under Tom Marquand for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam took the six-furlong handicap in good fashion, returned at 13/8.
Ahead with a furlong to go, the four-year-old won comfortably from Chris Wall’s Syrian Pearl and third-placed Vincentti.
Young rider Bentley came close to a double only to be beaten narrowly in the finale on 7/4 favourite, Use Your Filbert. He looked home and dry but Them and Us, under Louis Steward for Michael Bell, got up by a neck at 11/2.