Nigel Tinkler has enjoyed many fond moments at Newmarket’s July Course stretching back almost half a century and Princess Power gave him another when forming the opening leg of a double at the track on Saturday.
Having claimed victories at Beverley and Thirsk on her last two starts, the daughter of Slade Power completed her hat-trick when defeating Ginger Nut by a head in the European Bloodstock News EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap, initiating a treble for jockey Andrew Mullen in the process.
The Langton handler said: “I had my first ride here aged 12 in the Town Plate in 1971. I was sixth and my mother won the race.
“This place hasn’t changed much. To be honest, all these courses have changed and this has kept it’s soul.”
Of the 16-1 winner, he added: “She is just so straightforward and is a complete professional. The owner has been with me over 30 years and he has owned some good horses in the past.
“She will probably to York now for the six-furlong nursery which is worth £70,000.”
Citron Major (9-1) ensured the combination of Tinkler and Mullen were seen to good effect again when getting up in the closing strides to deny Swiss Knight by a short-head in the Become A Friend Of Racing Welfare.
Tinkler added: “I’ve had winners here before, but not two in one day. He is a lovely horse and a mile would be OK for him. Whether there is a race at York for him, I don’t know. We might geld him.”
The Tom Tate-trained Destroyer (10-1) lived up to his name for the first time this season when proving three-quarters of a length too strong for his rivals in the concluding Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Handicap to complete Mullen’s haul.
The winning jockey said: “It has been a good day. This horse has battled it out well and Nigel’s two winners were great. It’s good to come down to a big track and get a few nice chances and take them.”
Dubai Beauty may be the only two-year-old filly by Frankel trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has on his books, but she looks a potentially smart recruit after making a winning debut with a length-and-a-half success in the Newmarket Equine Hospital EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Bin Suroor said of the 3-1 winner: “This filly needs to learn to settle in the morning as she can be a bit hot.
“I talked to Oisin (Murphy) and he said she relaxed no problem. I think she will learn from this race, but she is doing well. She has travelled nicely all the way and finished her race well.
“A mile could be a nice trip for her in the future. We could look for a nice race next – Listed plus for her.”
There was more glory for Bin Suroor later on when Team Decision (2-1) continued his upward curve when making it three wins from his last three outings in the Crown At Stowupland Handicap.
Bin Suroor said: “He is an improving horse. This is the right trip (mile and a quarter) for him. To be fair, the jockey (David Egan) gave him a great ride.
“We will look for a better race for him now.”