Royal Ascot may be top of the agenda for most trainers at present, but Hugo Palmer is looking towards Newmarket’s July Festival for Blonde Warrior following his victory at Yarmouth.
Finding only one too good on his debut, the Zoffany colt moved a step nearer a Group Two outing in the Superlative Stakes with his three-length defeat of Ustath in the Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth/EBF Stallions Novices Stakes.
Palmer said: “We half-fancied him the first day. I don’t think he is a sprinter and I think he will be getting a mile before too long.
“He has got speed because he has got ability and Josephine (Gordon) said he already like he wants seven, so I think that puts a line through the top hats this year.
“We’ve got the opportunity to run him again before the July Festival, because I think he has got a bit of growing up to do and learning, as he was still quite green there.
“We would have one eye on the Superlative, whether we take in a novice with a penalty in a couple of weeks’ time, we will see.”
Bartholomew J (11-4) may be as tricky as the cartoon character his name derives from at home, but there was no stopping the Lydia Pearce-trained four-year-old claiming a third course win in the Compass Taxis 01493 445544 Handicap.
Pearce’s son and assistant, Simon, said: “He seems to like it here and Haydock. He likes flat tracks for some reason.
“He has got so much character about him, as he is always messing around. That’s why we called him Bartholomew J after Bart Simpson, as his name is Bartholomew J Simpson.”
Marilyn continued to make up for lost time when backing up her last-time-out victory at the course with an eased-down five length success in division one of the Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth Online Sportsbook Handicap.
Trainer Chris Wall said of the 5-6 winner: “She is a filly that lost her way last year.
“We thought she was a nice filly when she won her maiden here at two and we thought she would be a nice filly at three.
“She was not particularly well after her first race last year and she never really made a full recovery.
“We might step her up in trip, as it looks like she will stay 10 furlongs. If that brings about some improvement that might offset the hike (in weights) we are set to receive.”
A drop back to a mile and a switch to a faster surface worked the trick for the John Gosden-trained Argentello (5-4), who opened his account at the fourth time of asking under Frankie Dettori in the Mick Denton Metal Recycling Ltd “Confined” Novice Stakes.
Gosden’s son, Thady, said: “He enjoyed the drop back to a mile and the ground suited him as well.
“He has always pleased us in his work at home, but he has not really translated it to the track so far.
“I think this will definitely help his confidence and hopefully he can continue to improve.”
Ryan Moore celebrated his first winner at the seaside track this year courtest of Beachwalk, who followed up his clear-cut success at Lingfield by taking the East Coast Scaffolding Handicap by three lengths.
Matthew Sigsworth, Cheveley Park bloodstock manager, said of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 11-4 shot: “It’s taken a little while for him to get the hang of things, but he did that well.
“He’s just been a big baby, but he’s grown into his frame and is improving. He did well to win, because he pulled a shoe off.”