Newmarket review: Classic Victory

Graham Clark wraps up the afternoon action from Newmarket as Classic impresses Richard Hannon.

The classic impresses at the seat

Richard Hannon describes Classic as ‘very talented’ after winning the Best Bet With Jenningsbet British EBF Novice Stakes at Newmarket today – then revealed there was a ‘good chance’ he would have his abilities tested at group two level when of his forthcoming departure.

After saddled Razzle Dazzle to glory in the seven-stadium contest 12 months ago, the Lambourn manager repeated the feat with Dubawi’s son, who put odds on defeat at Goodwood behind him to clinch the ‘or on the third request.

Anxious to avoid a repeat of his latest knockdown, the 4/9 favorite was allowed to dictate ahead of regular rider Pat Dobbs before crossing the line three and a quarter lengths from debutant Obelix.

After the race, Hannon booked the group two Coral Champagne Stakes in Doncaster on September 10 for Classic, which also holds entries at the same level in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and a group one entry in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes, which are all two held at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.

Hannon said: “He traveled well every day but we let him ride today. There are still signs of immaturity but he is a very gifted horse. He is out of Dubawi and out of a mare (Date With Destiny) that Julie (Wood, owner) owned.

“We just didn’t want to have any excuses today. For me, last time he looked like the best horse in the race on the last day, but he didn’t win it. We let the others in a little bit last time out and we didn’t want to do that today. He won well. I don’t question his enthusiasm but he still looked green.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him rise to the highest level, especially on soft ground. We’ll talk to Julie about it, but she’s never afraid to take on these big races.

“I would say there’s a good chance we’ll go to Champagne next in Doncaster.”

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Scholes in Newmarket for Box To Box

Meanwhile, former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes had to settle for fourth place with Box To Box, which he owns with a group of friends, in the feature Bet Online With Handicap, which was won by George Baker. Cemhan.

Scholes said: “We weren’t sure about the trip and he likes solid ground so it was a bit of a learning curve but he still ran well and still gave us some time to our money. We are still satisfied and there will be better days for him.

“He’s done a good job for us this season as he’s won three times for us and you can’t ask for much more so we’re very happy.”

Although unlucky with Box To Box, Scholes hoped his former club would fare better when they face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League tomorrow.

He added: “I’m on my way to St Mary’s to cover the Manchester United game tomorrow. I have no idea of ​​the score, but I hope United get a better result than that today!”

Ralph Beckett’s Training Connections You lose are eager to set their sights on bigger targets before the end of the season after their impressive first two-and-a-quarter success in the Jenningsbet Fillies Novice Stakes.

Alex Elliott, owner’s representative, said of the 11/2 winner: “We bought around 15 yearlings, all with three-year-old pedigrees and they’ve just started racing.

“Ralph was very happy to race here today and he knows these Lope De Vega better than anyone.

“Rossa said she had just arrived and didn’t really know what to do, but she won very easily and he had a smile on his face.

“She will go a mile and potentially a mile and a quarter as well. She still has a good turn of foot. Ralph thought she would like the land and he was right.

“It was only his first day at school, but now we can think of something bigger towards the end of the season.”

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Beautiful a soft touch for Sly

Coach Pam Sly admitted she was doing ‘handstands’ when she saw mild in the ongoing description after a deluge of rain at the Cambridgeshire track yesterday and Handsome Astral took full advantage to get his career back on track with a successful match in the Jenningsbet Fillies’ Handicap.

With no wins to her name since creating a 50/1 upset on her Leicester debut in April, the Brazen Beau filly got the better of a late tussle with Light Lily to score with a header.

Sly, who owns it with his son Michael, grandson Will and granddaughter Lucy, said: “The land is important to her. I was doing a handstand last night when I saw the floor.

“I don’t think the cheekbones were the difference, it was just the floor and Shane (Kelly) thought that too. It was on the soft side when she won at Leicester.

“The mile was too far last time, that’s why we went back to seven furlongs.”

First victory for Farragher

Apprentice jockey Adam Farragher celebrated a winner on his return to the saddle after a five-month spell on the sidelines after leading the ultra consistent legend of thunder to glory in the conclusion Betting Is Better With Jenningsbet Handicap.

The 22-year-old, who has been out of action since March after breaking his navicular bone in his left foot, was back among the winners on only his third comeback when William Haggas led away 13-8 chance for glory by five and a half length.

Farragher said, “It’s definitely a relief more than anything.

“I broke my foot two days before the Lincoln and I didn’t think I would be out for as long as I was, but it was basically a complicated injury, but we’re back now.

“I’m very lucky to have a fantastic boss behind me and to come and help me drive two drivers at a low cost, it gives you a lot of confidence.

“I did a lot of rehabilitation. Many thanks to the team at Peter O’ Sullevan’s house as I was probably not the best patient at times.

“I was up there every day and it gave me a goal and that was a big help.”

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