The three day Craven meeting at Newmarket got underway on Tuesday and champion trainer Charlie Appleby landed a double. Majestic Pride made it two wins from three starts when taking the opening conditions stakes over seven furlongs. A well bred son of Shamardal, he is a half-brother to dual Group 1 winner Farhh and he stayed on strongly to win by a neck from the 94 rated Holguin. The Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown (16th May) was touted as a potential target next time with a step up to a mile expected to suit. The fourth home Hi Royal shaped well in fourth and will benefit from stepping back up in trip.
The Top 40 Prospects in Ahead On The Flat was amongst the winners at Lingfield with Pumalin Park (7/4) creating a favourable impression in the novice stakes over a mile. Sir Michael Stoute's colt had caught the eye at the same track in late October on his sole outing last term and confirmed it here in no uncertain terms. The official winning margin was only three parts of a length but Richard Kingscote's mount was value for plenty more. Always moving strongly, the Epsom Derby winning jockey only had to nudge his mount out to score cosily. Bred to stay much further, it speaks volumes about his ability that he was able to win over such a trip. He is very much one to follow. I hope clients were able to snap up the 13/2 and 11/2 which was freely available on Monday evening.
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Three times champion French jumps jockey James Reveley was back in the saddle for the first time in two months at Auteuil on Tuesday having broken his tibia. Not one to let the dust settle, James rode the last two winners including the Noel George trained and Richard Kelvin Hughes owned Jachar in the four year old hurdle.
Value Racing Club racing manager James Couldwell wasn't a happy bunny on Tuesday morning when discovering Howlingmadmurdock had been raised ten pounds for finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree last week. It was the syndicate's first runner at the highest level and the Tom Lacey trained six year old is a cracking long-term prospect. Purchased for £26,000 having won a bumper for Anthony Honeyball, the 140 rated hurdler has proved another shrewd acquistion for the syndicate.
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