Newmarket support races: Relief for Tate as Under The Stars scoops big pot

Sat 5 Oct 2019

James Tate breathed a sigh of relief after Under The Stars returned to winning ways when getting up on the line to take the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes at Newmarket.

Having finished fourth in the Rockfel Stakes at the track eight days ago, the daughter of Night Of Thunder claimed her first success since the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July when denying Mild Illusion by a short-head under Oisin Murphy.

Tate said of the 5-4 winner: “I was a little bit worried of angry punters (if she got beat) as she went off so short. She has been great all year, but she just made us sweat a little bit.

“I can’t complain – she cost 6,000 guineas and has won a Group Three, run in a Group One and Two and now got a big sales pot so you can’t ask for much more.

“She is in the Oh So Sharp next week, but that’s probably being greedy – but then I said she wouldn’t run in this.”

White Moonlight (5-1) looked to have a sprinkling of star quality after defying a penalty when giving champion jockey-elect Murphy another winner in the Lettergold British EBF Novice Stakes by three-and-three-quarter lengths.

Winning trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: “She is nice and we’ve always liked her. When she won, Oisin (Murphy) said fast ground would be good for her, but even today with the different ground, she handled it well.

“We are likely to take her to Dubai as she is bred to run on the dirt there and look at the Classic races like the Guineas, Oaks and UAE Derby.”

The Richard Fahey-trained Eva Maria continued to reward the decision to send her into training after registering a third win of the campaign with a length success in the British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.

Bill Gredley, joint owner, said of the 4-1 winner: “We had her in the paddock ready to be covered, then we looked at her and she looked a picture, so we decided to race her and here we are.

“She is a tough little filly and I think she will stay a mile and a half. We will try to get some black type and hopefully she might be up to contesting a Listed race.”

Ralph Beckett’s Kinross (3-1) thrust himself into the picture for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas after destroying his rivals by eight lengths on his debut in the Weatherbys Design And Print Novice Stakes.

Harry Bentley was on board and was suitably impressed.

“I just wanted to manage expectations today and not get too excited, but you can’t help but be excited to be honest,” he said.

“He did it very impressively. He travelled well and switched off. He went through the motions incredibly easily and I found myself getting to the front easily. I never had to pick my whip up on him and when I gave him a squeeze, he picked up well.

“I sat on him once and I did a piece of work on him the week before last. We expected him to run very well.”

The winner was introduced at 25-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas by Paddy Power.

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