Second Step shows Fred Archer dash at Newmarket

Glorious Stakes an option for consistent seven-year-old

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Second Step defied his advancing years to open his account for the campaign with victory in the Betway Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket.

The seven-year-old showed he still has plenty of life left in him in gaining the eighth win of his career, and fourth at Listed level, in the mile-and-a-half event.

Taking control of matters well over two furlongs out the 8-15 favourite rallied in game fashion to repel early leader Dylan Mouth by two and a half lengths.

Charlton said: “He is a sweet horse. At this level he is very consistent. I think only once last year he was third and in every other race he was either first or second.

“He is a very noble and straightforward horse to train. Our horses weren’t in great form when he first ran and to finish second behind Crystal Ocean was good, so he deserved to be favourite today, I thought.

“We thought Dylan Mouth would go on and the pace was a bit on and off. I think he could have made the running, but he would have been vulnerable to something with a turn of foot.

“I think we will continue to look at Listed and Group Three races over a mile and a half. The Glorious Stakes might be something for him. He has won around there (Goodwood), before, so why not?”

Royal Intervention broke her maiden tag in impressive style after running out a decisive winner of the Betway Empress Fillies’ Stakes.

Having filled the runner-up spot on her debut at Lingfield, the daughter of Exceed And Excel moved through the gears in impressive style to give trainer Ed Walker his first winner of the six-furlong Listed prize.

Settling nicely in front under Gerald Mosse, the 9-1 shot found plenty when meeting the rising ground, before crossing the line four and a half lengths clear of Strings Of Life.

Simon Marsh, racing manager to the winning connections, said: “She is a very nice filly.

“She hit the rising ground and off she went. She did it well in front and settled nicely in front.

“Gerald said to leave her at six for now. There are plenty of options. Ed Walker will make those decisions and we will discuss it with him.”

He added: “She is from a lovely family and has got a lovely pedigree. She has now got black type and speed so she is exciting.”

Master Brewer enjoyed a trouble-free run to strike at the second time of asking in the Betway Novice Stakes.

Having encountered plenty of traffic on his debut at Newbury, the Hayley Turner-ridden 15-8 chance suffered no such issues this time to build on his encouraging start at the Berkshire track

Trainer Michael Bell said: “He was locked up with nowhere to go first time out at Newbury, but that race has worked out really well and that’s the fourth winner out of the race.

“He is a lovely big horse with a nice future and has got a great temperament. I’d say we might end up going to France for some of those nice premiums.”

Bell doubled up when Queen Of Connaught signed off what could be her final start in Britain on a winning note with a sustained late effort to take the Betway Fillies’ Handicap.

Victory for the three-year-old was also the second leg of a brace for winning rider Andrea Atzeni, who was earlier successful aboard Second Step.

Bell said of the 11-4 winner: “The July Course has been lucky for us. The other track (Rowley Mile) is a nightmare. She likes fast ground. The hood is a big help, as without it she can be a bit cantankerous.

“I think she is going to run in Saratoga next in a Grade Three in August, then she will go to Tom Morley. I will talk to the owners, but that was the original plan.”

Second Step shows Fred Archer dash at Newmarket
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