Anna Nerium powers to surprise Dick Poole victory at Salisbury

Thu 7 Sep 2017

Watch how Anna Nerium won the Group Three feature at Salisbury plus an interview with winning jockey Tom Marquand

By staff

Anna Nerium came from the clouds to spring a surprise in the Group Three Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.

The 40-1 shot was the first to come off the bridle and looked in real trouble three furlongs from home, but Tom Marquand galvanised the daughter of Dubawi and produced her in the nick of time to score by a neck.

Eirene looked to have the race at her mercy a furlong out, but Dean Ivory's charge was collared late in the day and just managed to cling on for second ahead of the fast-finishing Special Purpose.

Winning trainer Richard Hannon said: "She's a very good filly, I'm delighted for her and I'm delighted for Tom.

"All the big autumn races are open to her now, but we have no specific targets in mind.

"Ideally she wants seven (furlongs), maybe even a mile, so I'm glad she's won today and we'll wait and see where we go next."

Herecomesthesun (11-1) got off the mark at the first time of asking in division one of the British EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Archie Watson's daughter of Invincible Spirit was always travelling well and once angled out by her jockey she picked up nicely in the hands of Edward Greatrex, to continue her trainer's excellent run of form.

Watson will now consider sending Herecomesthesun to the Oh So Sharp stakes at Newmarket, a route that proved successful for last year's winner, Poet's Vanity.

He said: "I was always confident she was going to be a nice filly, but with my two-year-olds you just don't know how they're going to run.

"Sometimes they run like that and sometimes I'm left scratching my head, but her home work had been good and she's done that nicely.

"It's fairly late on in the season, but we'll be looking at races like the Radley at Newbury or the Oh So Sharp at Newmarket.

"The horse of Andrew Balding's (Poet's Vanity) who won this last year took that route, so we''ll take her home and see where we're at."

Clairette led her rivals a merry dance in the second division of the British EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The daughter of Al Kazeem posted a promising effort at Newmarket first time out and that experience was seen to good effect as the 10-11 favourite made all to win by a length and a half.

Her trainer Roger Charlton said: "She looked a bit green there and she'll definitely get further in time.

"She's done it nicely and I think the second is quite useful, but I'm not sure ours is a Group-race filly.

"She has no entries at the moment so we'll see what there is. We might go for a nice novice somewhere."

Clive Cox and Adam Kirby initiated a quickfire double as Al Jellaby (5-1) made it third time lucky in the Frank Murray Memorial EBF Novice Stakes.

The Exceed and Excel colt was stepping up in trip and looked to need every yard of the mile to reel in the hard-battling White Mocha, who stuck to his task well to finish a neck second.

Move To The Front (10-1) broke his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking in the Irish Yearling Sales Nursery, making it five winners from his last seven runners for Cox.

Sporting a visor for the first time, Move To The Front was always prominent under Kirby and kept responding to his jockey's urges to go on to score by a length and half.

Thafeera (9-4 favourite) made it three wins on the bounce when running out a facile winner of the British Stallion Studs EBF 'Lochsong' Fillies' Handicap under champion jockey Jim Crowley.

Opinionate (11-4) provided his trainer Amanda Perrett with a welcome winner in the Lester Brunt Wealth Management Handicap, completing the second leg of a Crowley double.

The day's action came to a close when 9-1 chance The Groove gave Fergal O'Brien a rare Flat winner in a thrilling three-way finish to the Shadwell Stud Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap.

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