Time Scale set for step up in grade following smooth win in Empress Fillies' Stakes

Sun 28 Jun 2020

Watch a full replay of how the daughter of Charm Spirit landed the Listed contest at Newmarket plus reaction from Oisin Murphy.

Time Scale proved a cut above her rivals to run out a decisive winner of the Betway Empress Fillies’ Stakes.

The Ralph Beckett-trained daughter of Charm Spirit continued her climb through the ranks when backing up her facile success at Chepstow last time out with Listed glory.

Travelling well throughout the six-furlong prize, the 6-4 favourite quickly put the race to bed when sent on by champion jockey Oisin Murphy before crossing the line three and half lengths clear of the previously unbeaten Concessions.

Beckett, speaking away from the track, said: “If you look back at her debut you will see Oisin got clobbered a couple of times in running.

“We ran her that early hoping we could get to Royal Ascot, but it was not to be. We probably could have gone to Ascot, but we decided to go this route instead and take in the race at Chepstow where she got all the bonuses for winning.

“She is a tough filly that will take plenty of racing and she will run whenever we can. We will not be hanging around with her.”

A step up to Pattern race company is next on the agenda for Time Scale, who was introduced at 25-1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas by William Hill, with Beckett earmarking potential targets both at home and abroad.

He added: “She will have an entry in the Robert Papin. There is also the Princess Margaret at Ascot and it is just as likely that she could go there. Hopefully we can then look at the Lowther and Cheveley Park later on in the season.”

Universal Order gave trainer David Simcock a timely boost when making a triumphant start to the British season in the Betway Fred Archer Stakes.

Anchored at the rear of the field for much of the Listed race, the gelded son of Universal responded well to pressure to add to his Meydan victory earlier in the year.

Although the first off the bridle, Universal Order stayed on well during the closing stages to get up almost on the line and deny the rallying El Misk by a short-head.

Simcock said of the 7-1 winner: “It’s nice. He had to improve there with the 3lb penalty. He had a good blow as well afterwards.

“The yard has been quiet so we will take that one.”

Following the race the Newmarket handler earmarked the Group Three Glorious Stakes at Goodwood as the next port of call for the four-year-old.

Simcock added: “I’d say he will go to Goodwood now for the Glorious Stakes and then go from there.

“It would be lovely to think he could be another Desert Encounter. He has been gelded and he has grown up since being gelded. He is a horse to have fun with.”

Desert Icon (11-8) completed an across-the-card treble for trainer William Haggas with an authoritative eight-and-a-half length success in the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap.

Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said: “He is a funny old boy. He has got ability, it is just about getting the right conditions. He likes fast ground and he stays this trip (mile and a quarter) well. I just think he needs the right conditions and needs to be in a good mood.

“After winning by over eight lengths, we will probably forced into running him in something like a John Smith’s Cup.”

Haggas was also on the mark with Baarrij at Windsor and King Fairy at Hamilton.

Lexington Dash continued to reap the rewards of a wind operation as he registered his second win at the course in the space of eight days with a clear-cut three-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Betway Handicap.

Thore Hammer-Hansen, rider of the Richard Hannon-trained 11-4 shot, said: “He jumped really well and I just thought I would rather tuck him for a bit of cover as they did go quite quick. He was always travelling strongly and I knew he was going to win.

“He has been a lot better since the wind operation and there should be more to come.”

Eastern World continued the hot streak of trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick at Newmarket with success at the third attempt in the Betway Maiden Stakes.

Having teamed up to claim a four-timer at the track 24 hours earlier, the pair struck again with their only runner on the card in the mile contest.

Finishing second on both of his previous starts the Dubawi colt, who is a half brother to multiple Group One winner Thunder Snow, had no problem justifying his 8-13 price tag running out a two-length winner from Lawahed.

Appleby said: “He put up two nice performances before coming here today and we had confidence coming into it.

“The ground was quick enough out there for him. A step up in trip will hopefully see more improvement again.

“We’ve not really made a plan as the plan was to get today out of the way. If he comes out of this well, we will look at a mile-and-a-quarter handicap somewhere along the line.”

Georgia Dobie can now boast a Rowley Mile winner on her CV after Gin Palace demonstrated the best of his battling abilities in the Betway Casino Handicap.

After making a triumphant return to action at Newbury earlier this month, the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained four-year-old followed up with a tenacious success in the mile affair.

Looking booked for a place after being passed by eventual runner-up Ambassadorial late on, the gelded son of Swiss Spirit rallied gamely to get up close to the line to score by a neck.

Dobie said: "He is really tough. He strengthened a lot over the winter. He had a little break but he has come back stronger this year. That is the second race he has won this year and I think he has more to give. He is very genuine and he goes through small gaps. He will go up a few for that, but he is still lightly raced.

"It got a bit tight on the rail and I thought I might get beat, but once I found room I thought he might just get there."

Tom Tate celebrated a rare winner at the track as Equiano Springs defied top weight to land the Łbetyourway At Betway Handicap.

The gelded son of Equiano made it two wins from as many appearances at the course when showing a good turn of foot in the six-furlong prize to defeat the Dobie-ridden Tin Hat by half a length.

Tate said of the 4-1 winner: "He does like it here. He likes the fast ground as he is useless on soft. It is so far so good, but these sprinters are a law unto themselves.

"The good pace to aim at suited him. He had everything that he wanted today."

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