Maybride impresses with victory at Newmarket
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Connections of Maybride will be chasing black type for the filly after she put up a decent performance to win the bet365.com Handicap at Newmarket.
The daughter of Mayson ran in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, such was the esteem Richard Fahey held her in, and the Musley Bank handler is keen to give her another try in Pattern company.
Having her first race since getting off the mark on her final run of last season in October, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned three-year-old was the only filly in the nine-runner field and shrugged the boys aside in pleasing fashion.
Always prominent as Dragons Tail set the early pace, she quickened nicely for Oisin Murphy to lead two furlongs out and score by two lengths from Galloway Hills.
“Another one for Mayson. I don’t think they want soft ground. She’s a great-moving filly,” said Murphy of his 6-1 winner.
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“I had the sister and she did quite well, but she’s a nice filly this. I put her in the Queen Mary and ran her in it as I quite liked her. She’s definitely a black-type filly and we’ll be hunting some.”
Sawwaah sprang a 25-1 surprise when coming home first in a field of 19 newcomers in the bet365 Wood Ditton Stakes.
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The son of New Approach was produced by Dane O’Neill with a rattling run on the stands rail to hit the front a furlong out and go on to win by two lengths from Rock Force, with Cogital third.
Trainer Owen Burrows had been pessimistic about Sawwaah’s chances after his two runners earlier in the week at Headquarters had disappointed.
“He’d been working well at home, but I’d only been able to get them on the grass twice,” said Burrows.
“I ran two here on Tuesday and one of them (Bawaasil) had been working well and ran no sort of race, so I just thought I was further behind than I originally believed.
“He galloped out strongly and picked up well. We’ll see how he comes out of it and have a look in a couple of weeks.”
Dropping from a mile to seven furlongs did the trick for Sheikha Reika in the Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Roger Varian’s charge had finished second over the longer trip in all three starts as a juvenile, but confidence was high as she was sent off the 5-4 favourite and duly delivered with a three-length verdict over Ocala under Andrea Atzeni.
Varian said: “Maybe I was running over a furlong too far last year. She’ll get the mile well this year, but she worked like a nice filly last year and I got her beat three times. I think she was beaten by nice fillies.
“I’m delighted she’s won and I think she has a bright future. I’ll speak to the owner about plans, but I think she’s a nice one to look forward to.”
Nordic Lights (5-2) put up a game display to defy a 7lb penalty for his debut win by following up in division one of the British EBF bet365 ‘Confined’ Novice Stakes.
The Godolphin-owned colt, trained by the in-form Charlie Appleby, galloped on strongly to see off Raa Atoll by two lengths under William Buick for the team who took the Craven Stakes with Masar.
“He’s a relentless galloper and very game. I can’t see stepping up in trip being a problem. As keen as he was going to post he got himself into a lovely rhythm.”
Division two went to the Richard Hannon-trained Star Of Southwold (28-1), who bounded clear in the final furlong under Sean Levey to beat Stream Of Stars by three and a quarter lengths.