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FLYMETOTHESTARS CAN LAND A BIG PRIZE FOLLOWING NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE THIRD
Jedd O’Keefe captured the headlines with Lord Yeats’s game victory in the Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket, which came hot on the heels of a brilliant four-timer from the Yorkshire trainer.
And Ingenuity won’t be long in finding his way into the winner’s enclosure on the evidence of his staying-on third in this 6f novice stakes.
His newcomer, a colt of some substance, fluffed the start but eventually found his stride when meeting the rising ground.
Owners Highbeck Racing are keen supporters of the yard and enjoyed a 16-1 winner with Montanna at Newcastle last Friday evening.
They have unearthed another nice prospect in Ingenuity.
Although a four-year-old, Zabeel Prince was having only his second career start for Roger Varian but his slow-burner fairly ignited this one-mile maiden.
The market preferred James Fanshawe’s three-year-old Cape To Cuba but there was always going to be only one winner once Andrea Atzeni had picked his way through to lead inside the final furlong.
Zabeel Prince produced a sharp turn of foot on this soft ground to score by three lengths going away and there could be a decent handicap in him this season.
Only modest but the fitting of a hood on her last two starts has perked up James Fanshawe’s filly.
Sitar was nicely backed to follow up her previous Nottingham success in a Class 6 sprint, but she got detached early.
George Wood eventually got her running approaching the final furlong and Sitar finished well into third, beaten less than a length.
Still only a three-year-old, Sitar should remain competitive at this level.
Long-time favourite for the Northumberland Plate and his backers can feel a bit aggrieved, despite a perfectly respectable third spot.
Luke Morris settled his mount in a perfect slot just behind the leaders and, despite taking quite a tug throughout, Flymetothestars was full of running heading down the straight.
This is when things didn’t quite pan out, as Sir Mark Prescott’s lightly-raced four-year-old, a strong-galloping type, didn’t find much racing room to utilise fully his long stride.
This is one that may have got away, but there is a big pot in the four-year-old.
The winner of a 7f maiden at Lingfield last October for Sir Michael Stoute, Mittens had been tried over 1m 2f on both seasonal starts, finishing third each time behind useful sorts Melodic Motion and White Chocolate.
This drop to a mile did the trick, with Mittens accelerating away from her three rivals at the furlong pole, and Khalid Abdullah’s three-year-old filly can build on this success.
Favourite backers were resigned to their fate a long way from home, with Cornerstone Lad labouring to go the early pace on this quick ground.
Full marks to the three-year-old for staying on into third spot and it’s worth recalling that Cornerstone Lad’s excellent second to in-form Barwell at Ripon had come on a yielding surface.