Eye Of Heaven creates big impression on debut to tee up tilt at Norfolk Stakes

Thu 4 Jun 2020

Watch how Mark Johnston's newcomer scored on debut at Newmarket plus Frankie Dettori's entertaining interview afterwards!

Eye Of Heaven provided trainer Mark Johnston with his third juvenile winner of the week to set up a tilt at the Norfolk Stakes with an impressive victory in the Betway EBF Stallions Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

Travelling close to the pace throughout the five-furlong contest the even-money favourite only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels by Frankie Dettori to score to by three-quarters of a length, earning a quote of 8-1 for Royal Ascot with Paddy Power.

The youngster also broke the two-year-old track record over the minimum distance in the proces.

Johnston said: “We’ve had a great start. What it is so important is that what you think are the right ones at home work out to be on the track, otherwise it is back to the drawing board.

“He will go to the Norfolk. Not only have we a pecking order this year, but they have their Royal Ascot starts mapped out as well.

“He is a big horse and he stands out from the crowd at home. Frankie just sat and held him together in the dip and he hit the rising ground and won well. Ascot should suit him better.”

Sacred provided William Haggas with his first winner of the new season when showing a commendable attitude to land the Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Bursting through late on under James Doyle during the closing stages of the five-furlong prize, the daughter of Exceed And Excel picked up well to run out a cosy length and three-quarter winner.

Maureen Haggas, assistant to her husband, said of the 11-1 shot: “She is one of those that is a natural. Michael Tebbutt has done a lot of work with her. She hasn’t been drilled at all. She has been over here (Racecourse Side) and that lets you know if they handle the track.

“I don’t think she would mind whichever race at Ascot (Queen Mary or Albany) and it depends what else Cheveley Park have got. Ascot is a stiffer five than this and she has got bags of speed.”

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