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Five things we learnt on Saturday: Sainted can make up for lost time

Sat 1 Jul 2017

From Josephine Gordon winning her first Group race at Newcastle to a rapidly-progressing filly for Richard Fahey Harry Allwood rounds up the busy Saturday action.

By Harry Allwood

Sainted can make up for lost time:

Despite being off the track for 372 days, four-year-old Sainted proved she still retains plenty of ability by winning the 7f handicap at York under Harry Bentley. Sent off a well-supported 11-10 favourite, she never made her backers sweat as she ran out a comfortable three-length winner.

That was her third success from four career starts and has surely earned a step up in grade now.

There should be more to come from the lightly-raced daughter of Middle Park winner Dutch Art this season and she can make up for lost time.

Gordon continues her upward curve:

Will Josephine Gordon join Hayley Turner and Alex Greaves by becoming a Group One-winning female rider in Britain? (Racingfotos)

Last season's champion apprentice jockey Josephine Gordon added another feather in her cap by winning her first Group race aboard Koropick in the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.

Gordon is currently Britain’s leading female rider and her biggest success prior to Saturday was her win aboard Fastnet Tempest in the Victoria Cup at Ascot last month. 

Gordon had her first rides at Royal Ascot last week and she continues to take advantage of valuable opportunities. Being associated with Godolphin, a Group One victory may well be on the horizon in the near future.

Lord Yeats improving rapidly:

The Jedd O’Keeffe-trained Lord Yeats, who was having his first attempt in a Listed race, took the step up in grade in his stride as he ran out a game winner of the Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket.

The son of legendary stayer and four-time Gold Cup winner Yeats led for most of the race and had to dig deep once headed by the Roger Charlton-trained Second Step and, judging by his attitude and breeding, he will only improve again over further.

He had previously won a 1m4f handicap at York by six lengths off a mark of 88.

He holds entries in the American St Leger and Irish St Leger and will need to progress again to be competitive in either of those races but there is a good chance he can find the required progression. The Ebor at York is also an option for the four-year-old.

London Prize a stayer going places:

London Prize progressed again to record his second success on the flat this season in the Northumberland Vase at Newcastle. The Ian Williams-trained six-year-old progressed over obstacles last season and has transferred that progress over to the Flat this season. His spell over hurdles last season was highlighted with a win in the Imperial Cup at Sandown.

He looked well handicapped prior to this race with just a 5lb penalty to carry for an eight-length success last time out. He showed a fantastic attitude, however, to beat strong opposition and can land another big prize this season.

Dance Diva a horse with a big future:

Dance Diva retained her unbeaten record in the 6f Listed race for fillies at Newmarket in cosy fashion.

The Richard Fahey-trained two-year-old was well supported before the race and duly obliged at 3-1.

She managed to overcome her greenness earlier this season when winning both her starts and still showed some inexperience when looking around and idling slightly once she hit the front on what was her third start.

Judging by her pedigree, she may stay further than six furlongs and she looked to have plenty left at the finish. She’s sure to have learnt plenty once again and she looks to have a bright future. 

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