Unbeaten Nostrum 5-1 for Dewhurst after Tattersalls Stakes win

Thu 22 Sep 2022

By Graham Clark

Sir Michael Stoute admitted he was a “relieved” man after watching the talented Nostrum (7-4) enhance his prospects for next year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas when maintaining his unbeaten record with a stylish success in the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket this afternoon.

After making a triumphant debut at Sandown Park 63 days ago, the powerfully-built Kingman colt defied his relative experience to make it two from two and give his Classic-winning trainer a fourth success in the Group Three prize.

Although only four runners took to post it looked a quality renewal of the seven-furlong event with Holloway Boy, winner of this year’s Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and Victory Dance, winner of the Denford Stakes at Newbury in opposition.

Racing as two pairs for much of the race Nostrum moved on into a clear advantage past outsider of the quartet Abravaggio inside the final two furlongs, where he was swiftly joined by the strong travelling Holloway Boy.

However, Nostrum was not for passing under Ryan Moore with the pair drawing away on the climb to the line to score by a length and a quarter.

Following the race Nostrum was trimmed from 20-1 into 4-1 for next month’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes over course and distance by Paddy Power and Betfair while both firms clipped him from 14-1 into 8-1 for the 2023 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Stoute said: “It was very pleasing. I thought it was a very warm race but he did it very nicely first time and was entitled to come and run in a race like that. I was relieved and was pleased with the performance.

“We expected a very big run but for a horse racing for the first time like he was it is always difficult to fathom. It is so far so good and you could only be pleased.

“I don’t know if we will see him again this season. We will take him home and chill him out and relax him and put him back in fast work.

“It is a difficult time of year especially for two year olds when the weather turns so we don’t know but I would like to give him one more run.”

As for the runner up his trainer Karl Burke hinted that an outing at Group One company in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on October 22nd could be on the cards.

Burke said: "We're delighted with that as he missed 8-10 days with a dirty scope when he missed that Champagne Stakes.

“Danny Tudhope said he would be suited by a mile so we could look at the Vertem Futurity Trophy or beyond that the Breeders' Cup."

Balding full of praise for Nate The Great

Andrew Balding praised the “tenacity and heart” demonstrated by Nate The Great who secured the biggest victory of his career in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes to form the highlight of a near 39-1 treble for jockey William Buick at Newmarket today.

The ultra-tough Nathaniel gelding showed he still retains plenty of ability at the right level after making the most of a drop in class to claim the first Listed success of his career at the age of six in the two-mile prize.

Since running out a wide margin winner of a handicap at the track in May the 2018 Chesham Stakes runner-up had been set some stiff tasks including running in the Group One Goodwood Cup in July and the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at York on his last start.

Returned to calmer waters the 4-1 chance showed the best of his battling abilities when sticking to the task under champion jockey elect Buick to repel 4-5 Favourite Thunderous by a length and a quarter.

Balding, speaking away from the track, said: “That was terrific. He has been a real star. He has had a busy season and a long season. It is a real testament to his tenacity and heart that he is still in top form and we are nearly in October.

“Training horses like this is not easy once that get up to the mark he is on. He was narrowly beaten in a Group Three but there are not many Listed races over two miles. I’m thrilled for the horse.

“I was always fairly confident as he really digs in and he has a brilliant heart. He likes the track for sure.

“I would think that would be it for now as he doesn’t enjoy soft ground. I would have thought he would come back into training next season but that is up to the owners but it is all about enjoying today.”

Dhahabi could head to Dubai

The days of being a potential Classic contender might long be over for Dhahabi, however he put himself in the picture for a winter in Dubai after concluding a brace for Appleby and the last winner of Buick’s haul in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Handicap.

After missing all of 2021 the gelded son of Frankel, who cost 3.1 million guineas as a yearling, made his third start of the year a winning on his first start over a mile and a half when getting up almost on the line to score by a short-head.

Appleby said of the 9-2 winner: “He saw it out well there. It was a good weight carry performance. To be fair to this horse we always felt eventually stepping up in trip would be his forte but early on in his career he would be quite keen.

“He is settling better now and in doing so has allowed us to step him up to a mile and a half.

“We missed last season unfortunately but he is a handy horse to have around. As we start to look for the Carnival team he might fall into the bracket.

“There is still time for him and he could end up a nice Carnival horse and you know what they can do out there. We could end up with a Pattern horse out there.”

Group company awaits Bold Act

Bold Act put himself in contention to feature in Charlie Appleby’s team for next month’s Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket after completing a hat-trick of wins with victory at the track in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Nursery Handicap today – day one of the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting.

Charlie Appleby spoke to Nick Luck about some of his stable stars following Bold Act's victory

Arriving on the back of victories at July Course and last time out at Kempton Park, the son of New Approach justified 4-9 favouritism when defeating stablemate One Nation by a length and three quarters under William Buick in the mile event.

Following the race the Godolphin handler earmarked a tilt at the Listed Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes over a mile and a quarter at the track on October 8th could be next on the agenda for Bold Act.

Appleby said: “I’m pleased and that was expected. He is a horse that is progressing along nicely.

“Whether we put him away for the year or whether something like the Zetland might just fall into his sort of category. It could be a nice race to look at.

“He is a horse that is progressing and stepping up further in trip in time, he will progress further.

“He is probably not one for Dubai. We’ve got a couple of others lined up for that. He will be the sort of horse that we will let winter here.

“He should develop from two to three and make a nice middle distance horse next year.”

The long journey down from Durham was made worthwhile for Peter and Linda Appleton after the pair watched Azure Blue, who they joint own with Anne Elliott, come with a well-timed run to collect the British Stallion Studs EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.

Still with plenty of work to do entering the final quarter of a mile in the six furlong prize, the well-supported 2-1 Favourite, who is trained by Michael Dods, turned on the afterburners before wearing down Loves Me Likearock and going on to score by a length in the hands of Paul Mulrennan.

Victory in the race was a second in succession for the triumphant trainer who saddled Gale Force Maya to glory 12 months ago.

Linda Appleton said: “It was amazing and she really loves that uphill finish. She is a good filly, so we have a lot of confidence in her.

“She is a little bit slow out of the stalls and she leaves herself with a bit to do but she has got a lot of ability and is getting stronger all the time.

“She has been very well looked after this year and hopefully she will keep on improving.

“We will have to look up in company and when they are in form you want to run them. She was in the Listed race at Ayr last Friday but we wanted to come here instead as she loves the rising ground. Hopefully she might come back here.”

Tenerife shines for the Johnstons

Mark Johnston may have had to put his best foot forward in the pre-parade ring after Tenerife Sunshine got loose on a couple of occasions, however the son of Lope De Vega showed his own smart turn of foot to land the opening Turners British EBF Maiden Stakes.

Plenty have smart types including subsequent Group One winners Ghaiyyath (2017) and Telescope (2012) have claimed the mile contest on route to bigger things and the 5-1 chance showed a likeable attitude to get off the mark at the second time of asking.

After being headed Tenerife Sunshine battled back well during the closing strides to forge back past debutant Like A Tiger and score by a short-head to give winning jockey Andrea Atzeni a second successive win in the race having steered Subastar to victory 12 months ago.

Johnston, who trains Tenerife Sunshine in partnership with his son Charlie, said: “He was one of those, just looking at him, that needed time.

“We weren’t surprised that he needed the race first time out and we thought he might need another one. He got loose a couple of times in the pre-parade ring. He is next year’s horse.

“I thought he (Andrea Atzeni) gave him a beautiful ride. He said he felt like he was in top gear all the way but he knew there was plenty left. He started to lose his way a bit in the dip but then he came back up the hill.

“There is plenty of time to chat away and see if he has one more run. Physically, to look at him, he is a mile and a half horse.”

Clifford Lines recalled fond memories of 1981 Derby winner Shergar, who he admitted backing ante-post at 33-1 ahead of his success at Epsom Downs, after presenting connections Ashky (8-1) with their trophies following the Lifetime In Racing Awards Handicap.

The 87 year old, who lives in nearby Exning, was on hand to carry out the honours following the conclusion of the mile prize which the Roger Charlton-trained secured by half a length after receiving Racing Welfare’s Lifetime In Racing award.

During his long career in racing Lines also spent time as a jockey where he rode two winners, the last of which came at Thirsk in July 1956, along with a stint as a trainer before calling it a day following the victory of Catapult at Lingfield in 2019.

Aside from being associated with Shergar during his time with Sir Michael Stoute, Lines also partnered the likes of 1986 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Sonic Lady and 1983 Irish Derby winner Shareef Dancer on the gallops.

Lines, who was still riding out at the age of 83, said: “It is very nice to get this recognition and it came as a bit of a surprise. It is great.

“Shergar was terrific and always was. He was a lovely horse to ride and there was no problems. We knew he was a good horse before he ever saw the racetrack.

“I rode Zilzal a couple of times. I rode Sonic Lady all the time and Shareef Dancer, so there was a lot of good horses. Shergar will always be the one though.

“Some mornings I was riding out three times at 83. I don’t really keep much of an eye on the racing anymore but I sometimes have horses come into my small yard and they are looking for good homes.

“Shergar told us early on in his career that he was good. I was on him at 33-1 in the Derby. I was on early on in the spring when he went 10 lengths clear in a gallop with good horses and he never came off the bridle.

“I’ve had a very good day today with some good food.”

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