Having celebrated the victory of stable stalwart Gifted Master in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood at the weekend, trainer Hugo Palmer was left on cloud nine after Hot Team opened his account at Newbury.
While Group-race glory has been hard to come by for the Newmarket handler this season, the gelded son of Zoffany could be given the chance to prove himself at a good level following his triumph in the Norfolk Park Norfolk Novice Median Auction Stakes.
Palmer said of the 2-5 winner, who was completing a double for winning rider James Doyle: “I’m very pleased he has got his head in front. We slightly felt he threw it away at York.
“James did say he felt he was going to win a lot further than he did. He was happy enough with him on ground that is very quick today.
“The great advantage with the new system for two-year-olds is the world is my oyster and I can run in virtually every race for two-year-olds, including the Acomb if it was soft.”
On Gifted Master, he added: “My secretary even said I’m not ashamed to admit I cried when he crossed the line. He has been part of our lives for a long time.
“Let’s hope there is more to come – I did put him in the Champions Sprint at Ascot this morning, but that is more a speculative entry in case the race fell apart.
“We will probably go straight to the Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket which he won last year.”
A trip to the Clothworkers Arms in Sutton Valence was on the agenda after the Linda Jewell-trained Breden made it two wins from two visits to the Berkshire track in the Woodlands Park East Sussex Handicap.
Karen Jewell, daughter of the winning trainer, said of the 9-2 chance: “In the winter he had a wind operation and it has just taken him two or three runs to relax and get his confidence back.
“It is nice for a small yard and the team at home. It is good for them to boost their morale.”
Asked if there would be a celebratory drink, she added: “No doubt. It is a very small village, Sutton Valence, but there are four pubs there. I’d probably say we will go to the Clothworkers Arms.”
Magnetic Charm (10-11) carried the colours of the Queen to glory when forming the opening leg of Doyle’s brace and a double for trainer William Haggas when making all to run out a stylish winner of the Sanctuary Newbury Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Doyle said: “She ran well on her debut and was a little bit green. She jumped very slowly that day, but was in the stalls for a long time. She got the trip well, but probably wants a little bit further.”
Alexanderthegreat (3-1) backed up his victory at Lingfield to close out Haggas’ double by taking the concluding Elm Farm Country Park Essex Handicap by six lengths.
Glorious Army (2-1) put the best of his battling abilities to good use on his return to a mile and a quarter when claiming a three-length victory from the front in the Blossom Hill Devon Handicap.
Trainer Ed Walker said: “At Windsor (over a mile) they quickened away from him and he looked like he was going to go out the back door, but he finished second and stayed on well. So the step back up in trip helped.”
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