Mori (15/8) provided a welcome winner for the Top 40 Prospects when taking the Listed Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood. The impeccably bred daughter of Frankel won her maiden at the second time of asking at Ascot earlier in the month and she had no trouble making the transition to Pattern company by accounting for six opponents on the Sussex Downs yesterday. Ridden to the fore by Ryan Moore, she stayed on strongly to beat Coconut Creme by a length and three quarters. A powerful galloper, she will relish and extra couple of furlongs with the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot her next intended target. She may not have instant acceleration but Sir Michael Stoute's filly is thriving at present and ought to go close next month.
Indeed, it was an excellent day for the head of Freemason Lodge with Autocratic producing a career best when landing the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown. The four year old, who received a positive mention on page 121 of Ahead On The Flat, had only finished sixth on his reappearance in the Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket in April. Stepping up in trip, he looked a different horse as he comfortably saw off the challenge of Algometer (ran well over an inadequate trip). A race such as the Group 2 Skybet York Stakes in late July looks tailormade for the son of Dubawi - he is already a winner on the Knavesmire.
Stoute will have been disappointed with the run of Zainhom in the Listed Heron Stakes. Third in the Greenham on his return to action, he should have relished the longer distance but produced a laboured effort. Even allowing for the fact the Street Cry colt wasn't particularly well positioned on the far rail, it was still a tame effort which leaves him with something to prove.
The Talking Trainers section in AOTF continues to churm out the winners, including Eynhallow (20/1) at Goodwood. Roger Charlton expected him to improve as a three year old and when racing over longer trips and so it proved on his handicap debut off a mark of 73. Held up by Jamie Spencer, there was no fluke about the performance winning a competitive event by a decisive margin. War Chief (Handicap Snips) ran well to finish third in the same event considering he missed the break and came from even further back. There are definitely races to be won with Alan King's charge.
Aidan O'Brien, who this week revealed both Minding and Seventh Heaven have incurred setbacks and won't be seen again until the Autumn, sent out two more winners at Tipperary last night. They included Wisconsin who is featured in the Unraced Three Year Old (page 124) section of AOTF. Runner-up on his racecourse bow at the Curragh only twelve days earlier, he won the twelve furlongs maiden by three parts of a length. Value for more than the winning margin, he is a son of Deep Impact out of the brilliant Peeping Fawn. His dam didn't race at two but had 10 races between the 1st April and 22nd August in 2007. It took her four races to lose her maiden tag but she became a four times Group 1 winner just over three months later. If Wisconsin takes after his mum, no knows what level he could reach.
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