Nearly Caught completes Marathon double for Hughie Morrison

Ebor entry now likely following Listed success at Sandown

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Nearly Caught bounced back from a disappointing effort at Royal Ascot to repeat last year’s success in the Listed Coral Marathon at Sandown.

James Doyle had Hughie Morrrison’s eight-year-old towards the rear of the six-strong field in the two-mile heat as Jukebox Jive made the running.

Switched to the outside to make his challenge, Nearly Caught (9-4 favourite) hit the front over a furlong out and galloped on resolutely to score by a length and a quarter from the staying-on Platitude.

Morrison said: “He is as good as ever. It is great when you have a horse like him showing plenty more at six, seven and eight than he did at two, three and four.

“He is incredibly tough. I wish I had a yard full of them. He is a joy to train and does everything you want and leads everything you want.

“I think I will probably put him in the Ebor as it is worth so much money.

“It is a hell of a big pot and it should be considered. Although he has done most of his winning right handed he can perform left handed.”

Doyle executed a perfectly-judged ride from the front as Awesometank landed the Coral Distaff.

Both Desert Diamond and Preening tried to challenge inside the distance in the mile contest, but Doyle had a bit extra up his sleeve on the 6-1 shot and Awesometank dug deep to run out a three-quarter-length winner.

Trainer William Haggas said: “She did it well and she won well at Chelmsford City. She did it well and got an excellent ride. When I saw her prick her ears at the two and three pole, I thought there was a bit left.

“She is only going one way now and she is not going backwards.

“The owner is from Hong Kong and she bred this filly. It’s her first horse with us.

“There is the Atalanta back here against the older fillies and there are French options as well. We will take it one step at a time.”

Tigre Du Terre (9-2 favourite) could be headed for Goodwood at the end of month following his one-and-three-quarter-length verdict in the Coral Challenge.

Trainer Richard Hannon said: “We will treat him as a good horse as he always has been. He is a nice horse for next year as well.

“He will go for the Golden Mile at Goodwood. If we win, it will be golden.”

Hannon was also on the mark with Rogue (10-1) in the Handicap, who ran out a length-and-a-half victor in the hands of 7lb claimer Thore Hammer Hansen.

De Medici (4-1) defied top weight in the concluding Download The Coral App Handicap to give Oisin Murphy a double after his famous victory on Roaring Lion in the Coral-Eclipse.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, Archie Watson’s gelding held Jack Regan by a neck.

Nearly Caught completes Marathon double for Hughie Morrison
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