Racing at Newmarket

Thursday 19th April 2012

Raceday Round Up - Craven Meeting - Day 2

Questioning winning the Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes

THE afternoon was all about trainer Richard Hannon who secured a treble headed by Trumpet Major in the feature Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes in style.

The son of Arakan, a 9/2 shot, had to carry a penalty for his Group 2 win last year but showed a terrific turn of foot under Ryan Moore to bound clear and win by five lengths.

Hannon said: “I didn’t quite know if he would like the ground but Ryan got after him and he did it very well.

“We will have to take our chance in the Guineas after that. He’s surprised me - I didn’t think he would win a Craven like that with a 3lb penalty.”

Earlier in the afternoon Hannon’s Rougement landed a big pot for owner Julie Wood when taking £250,000 Tattersalls Millions 3Y0 Trophy.

The son of Montjeu was settled at the rear by jockey Pat Dobbs but got a clear run up the stands rail and made his challenge a furlong from home.

He hit the front and was immediately tackled by Mickdaam. The pair were neck and neck but it was Rougement who came out on top by half a length.

A delighted Wood said of her 10/1 winner: “That is extra special as he’s our 100th winner as an owner. We have had 99 in England and the big Goffs sales race in Ireland and this is a nice horse who has been working well at home.

“He has progressed nicely over the winter but isn't in the Derby. We'll have to find a nice race for him though!”

Moore was aboard Hannon’s first winner of the afternoon, Tassel who took the opening race on the card, the NGK Spark Plugs/British Stallion Studs EFB Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at odds of 6/5.

The Highclere Thoroughbred-owned filly overcame greenness to win on her racecourse debut and was well on top at the finish, winning by a length and a quarter.

Richard Hannon Jnr said: “She has always been nice and looks to have lots of speed. Ryan (Moore) loved her.”
Questioning survived a stewards’ enquiry to win the Group 3 Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes for trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick.

The son of Elusive Quality drifted into the runner-up, favourite Twice Over inside the final furlong but the stewards ruled that the interference did not affect the final result.

Gosden said of the 10/1 chance: “He's been an unlucky horse. He was unlucky at Doncaster and he got chopped up in the Cambridgeshire here last year.”

Mayson was the most impressive winner of the afternoon when romping to victory in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt made every yard of the running under Paul Hanagan and travelled well before surging clear inside the final furlong to win by three and a half lengths.

Fahey said: “He settled a little bit better today and we always thought he was capable of making his mark in a race like this. He'll now go to the Duke Of York Stakes at the Dante meeting.”

The Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes went the way of the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Mariner’s Cross at odds of 6/1.

A strapping son of Dubawi, Mariner’s Cross raced handily throughout under Frankie Dettori and galloped strongly to the line to beat the promising Mukhadram by a length and three quarters.

A Zarooni said: “We always thought he was a good horse and he has proved it.”

Perfect Step (14/1) took the Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for trainer Roger Varian and jockey Neil Callan.

The daughter of Iffraaj showed a good attitude to out-battle Riot of Colour by half a length, the pair finishing five lengths clear of the third.

Main Sequence (2/1F) took his unbeaten record to three when narrowly taking the finale, the Turf TV handicap for trainer David Lanigan and jockey Ted Durcan.

His performance earned him quotes of 25/1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom in June.

The QIPCO Guineas Festival will be the next meeting on the Rowley Mile, taking place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.