Punters floored as Grey Britain rules at Newmarket

John Ryan saddles 50-1 chance to victory

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Grey Britain was a shock 50-1 winner of the opening Qatar Racing Handicap at Newmarket.

John Ryan’s charge twice finished well beaten during the Dubai Carnival at Meydan earlier in the year and was last seen finishing down the field in the Lincoln at Doncaster in March.

However, stepping up half a mile in distance, Grey Britain travelled sweetly in the hands of Gerald Mosse and finished strongly against the far rail to score by a length and a half from UAE Prince.

Ryan said: “We expected that. We were pretty confident. When you have a horse who handles the track it’s a big bonus.

“We were stepping up in trip and I was a little bit concerned with the ground drying out, but the fact we were going up in trip helped in that regard.

“I have a lot of faith in this horse and everything went wrong at Doncaster – the ground was too bad to be true.

“He’s done everything right at home and he came back from Dubai looking well.”

Gifted Master (8-1) led from start to finish in the longholes.com Handicap.

Hugo Palmer’s inmate could only finish sixth in the Betway All-Weather Sprint at Lingfield on Good Friday, but was a completely different proposition back on turf over the straight six furlongs.

A smart smart allowed Gifted Master to get to the front early and he soon opened up a handy advantage over the rest of the field.

Several horses closed the gap late on, but Gifted Master stuck on grimly to make a successful handicap debut by a neck from Baron Bolt.

Palmer: “He’s as brave as a lion and he just loves Newmarket. They left him alone up front, which is a dangerous thing to do.

“The horse was spot-on for this and was never going to get beat.

“He was wrong at Lingfield and I knew when I saddled him he didn’t feel right, his blood was wrong and we just freshened him up. He’s come to himself.

“I’d say the Wokingham (at Royal Ascot) is out of the question and he’s probably a Listed-Group Three horse.

“At Ascot he’d probably just find half a dozen too good for him in a Group One.”

Konchek made a winning debut for Clive Cox in the Havana Gold Maiden Stakes.

A son of the trainer’s dual Group One-winning sprinter Lethal Force, Konchek was a well-backed 2-1 favourite for his introduction in the hands of Adam Kirby.

He showed his inexperience when asked to go about his business in the latter stages of the five-furlong contest, hanging quiet badly across the track, but he was well on top as he passed the post a length and three-quarters ahead of Fly The Nest.

Cox said: “He was rather green, but it’s the first time he’s been away from home since he was at the sales.

“He’s a really nice horse going forward for Lethal Force, which is great. Lethal Force was a really special horse to us and I’m thrilled.

“He’s been great from the start. He’s got a laid back attitude and he’s clearly very talented.

“I think he’s entitled to improve from that first run and we certainly hope he’ll be going to Royal Ascot after that performance.”

He’s Amazing provided Cox with a double in the Qipco Supporting British Racing Handicap.

The 5-1 chance had shaped well on all his three previous starts, all at Newbury, and despite runners being spread all over the track, the three-year-old gelding came out on top by a short head from Midnight Wilde.

Cox said: “I think a galloping track over a mile and a quarter is his trip.

“I’m sure he will get further in due course but I’m thrilled he can run on any sort of ground.

“I love the way he dug in and I’m really pleased he has had a proper race.”

Punters floored as Grey Britain rules at Newmarket
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