The John Gosden-trained son of Kingman could now tackle the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown, following in the hoofprints of his Group One-winning stablemate who also won that mile prize last year ahead of his Royal Ascot success in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
After suffering a surprise odds-on defeat at Redcar on his final start last term, King Of Comedy made amends after proving three-quarters of a length too strong for newcomer Land Of Legends.
Gosden said of the 4-6 winner: “He wasn’t very happy on the soft ground at Redcar, but he has run well here and they have ran it in a quick time. They were a long way clear of the third and he had to give 7lb to the second, so it was a very solid performance.
“It was good race first time out at Sandown and he is a grand horse. We will probably go back to Sandown for the Heron Stakes.
“We will stay at the mile, but Frankie (Dettori) did say he thought he would be a mile-and-a-quarter horse. The Hampton Court is what the jockey mentioned, but that is in third week in June and we are still in the last week of April.”
Silvestre de Sousa took the riding plaudits after securing a treble which was completed by Love So Deep in the famous Sangster silks in the John Kemp 4×4 Centre Of Norwich Handicap.
Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam said of the 100-30 winner: “She is owned by a bunch of Australians called the Love So Deep Syndicate which is managed by Adam Sangster, who runs Swettenham Stud in Australia and is a son of Robert.
“They tuned in watching it and it would have been just after midnight over there.
“We will see how she comes out of it, but she loves that ground and we might have a day out at Chester. She was purchased to go to Swettenham Stud in Australia, with the job of winning a race in the northern hemisphere which she has done, so I can relax now.”
Companion (4-1) showed that size is not everything when forming the middle leg of the De Sousa’s haul as he got the better of Quiet Place by a short head in the EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
De Sousa said: “I got a nice tow into the race. I was surprised I got her head down as I thought as I was beat. She is a lovely filly. She is not very big, but she tries very hard.”
Take It Down Under (5-2) from the yard of Amy Murphy got the ball rolling for De Sousa in the opening Haven Seashore Holiday Handicap, winning by four and a half lengths.
Charlie McBride has made it his mission to train 20 winners this year and Camachess moved him a little closer to that target after gaining her fourth victory in 2019 in the Thanks Jan Leeder And Best Wishes Handicap.
McBride said of the 6-1 winner: “She has just got into a winning habit and she was very professional out there today. She just sits in behind and picks them up.
“We had a bad season last year and only had nine winners and that was our eighth this year. I’d like to get 20 up in a year as I’ve done 19 twice before.”