Delight for Clive Cox with first two-year-old winner of the season at Ascot

Getchagetchagetcha takes full advantage as odds-on O’Brien favourite slips up

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Clive Cox hit the back of the net with his first two-year-old runner of the season after Getchagetchagetcha made a winning debut in the Sodexo Conditions Stakes at Ascot.

There was early drama in the five-furlong contest as Aidan O’Brien-trained 1-7 favourite The Irish Rover gifted his three rivals several lengths at the start, after rearing up in the stalls under Ryan Moore.

Despite being one of the first off the bridle, the son of Champs Elysees stayed on well over on the far side to get up and beat the more experienced Vikivaki by a nose.

The Lambourn handler said of the 10-1 winner: “He had gone well at home. We were pleased running him in acknowledgement that we knew he would be better over another furlong. He was strong enough to cope with a bit of ease in the ground.

“I’m delighted, as that was our first two-year-old runner. It has been a long, hard spring.

“I’m delighted to get the ball rolling here especially for the Rooney’s as they have great memories of My Dream Boat winning here.”

Dathanna (1-4) was forced to pull out all the stops to make it two from two this season in the Sky Bet Supporting Spinal Injuries Association British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes.

Having made a winning return to action at Kempton last month, the Charlie Appleby-trained daughter of Dubawi knuckled down well during the closing stages of the mile prize to defeat Agrotera by a length.

Winning jockey William Buick said: “It was a slow pace off the front and she is probably better ridden a bit differently and I would have liked a bit of cover.

“She has got a great attitude. She has grown up and is learning all the time.

“She will be a nice filly with a bit of time. There is no reason why she can’t get a mile and a quarter. She fought well there and her last furlong was her best furlong.”

Buick doubled up when Century Dream (5-2) left behind what was a below-par effort on his return to action to resume his progression with victory in the Celebrating The Commonwealth Paradise Stakes.

Charting a solo path for much of the mile Listed prize near the stands rail, the Simon Crisford-trained four-year-old picked up well late on to defeat long-time leader Crazy Horse by a neck.

Crisford’s son and assistant, Ed, said: “It is nice to get him back on track. In terms of targets, there are none at the moment and we will speak to the owner.

“With a Listed race in the bag, you would have to go for a Group Three. William thought this trip was good, a stiff mile, especially without the hood. He did it really well and we are delighted.

“That’s the key, he loves soft ground.”

Mountain Angel (4-1) moved a step nearer to a return to the Berkshire track for a tilt at next month’s Royal Hunt Cup in running out a decisive four-length winner of the Manny Mercer Apprentice Handicap.

Trainer Roger Varian said: “His form is quite strong from last year in the Silver Cambridgeshire. I thought he was on a mark where he had a race in him first time out if we could get him right.

“I’m not sure where we go next, the Royal Hunt Cup would come under consideration but that is a little way away still.”

Delight for Clive Cox with first two-year-old winner of the season at Ascot
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