Sir Michael Stoute ended his wait for a first two-year-old winner of the season after claiming a juvenile double at Newmarket highlighted by victory for Sangarius in the “Ironxcell” EBF Novice Stakes.
Buried among runners early on, the son of Kingman, who holds a Group One entry in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, picked up in taking style under James Doyle before getting the better of a late battle with fellow debutant Bangkok by a neck.
The winning rider said of the Khalid Abdullah-owned 11-8 favourite: “He is very nice and did everything right. He went down like a professional and he was professional in the gates as he stood in them for a long time.
“He went through the gears in the race. The second horse quickened up and I thought I was in a bit of trouble, but he hit the rising ground and finished off well.”
Layaleena looked like a seasoned campaigner rather than one taking to the track for the first time when initiating Stoute’s brace in holding favourite Ice Gala by a head in the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Assistant trainer James Horton said of the 9-2 winner, who runs in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum: “She is a nice filly and has had a good start. She is an absolute gem at home and is a complete professional.
“I think she will come on plenty for this. I think she could run at seven (furlongs) again or a mile next time. She is sharp, but I think she will stay.”
Raymond Dawson let his emotions run wild as he celebrated his first winner of the year when partnering the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Amourice to victory in the feature TBA #thisfillycan Fillies’ Handicap.
The 7lb claimer, riding in just his second race of 2018, said: “Jane has been a huge supporter of mine. It was a big opportunity today.
“It meant an awful lot, as it was not an easy road last year. If it wasn’t for Jane, my girlfriend and certain other people I wouldn’t be here. It is an emotional day.
Chapple-Hyam added on the 8-1 victor: “She is super consistent on this track. When she was a two-year-old she was always in the shake-up.
“Just stepping her up to a mile six has helped and the headgear has helped produce another leg.”
Jason Watson was only too pleased to a hear a dead-heat called between his mount Bacacarat and the William Muir-trained Data Protection in the TRM “Kurasyn 360X” Handicap.
The 3lb claimer said of the Andrew Balding-trained 11-8 shot: “He is a tough horse and has done well to hold on really. I was not sure if I had won, so I will take that.”
Fran Berry, who rode Data Protection (8-1), added: “I knew I hit the line well. The horse has done well and won three out of five this year. I think there is still a bit more to come.”
Paddy Mathers celebrated a winner on his 37th birthday after Matewan (2-1) went one better than on his previous visit to the track to claim the TRM Supporting Global Champions Handicap by a length and a half.
Winning trainer Ian Williams said: “It is a first winner at Newmarket for Jeff and Judy (Tredwell, owners) as they predominantly have National Hunt horses.
“He settled better today and was given a great ride by the birthday boy. He is certainly a horse that could go hurdling later in the year, as he should stay further.”