Master The World takes command once more in Churchill Stakes

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  • Saturday 17 November
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Master The World stuck his head down in gallant fashion to repeat last year’s victory in the Betway Churchill Stakes at Lingfield.

After Maverick Wave had made the running, Big Country set sail for home but Sean Levey produced Master The World (6-1) with a strong bid.

David Elsworth’s seven-year-old led in the closing stages to score by a neck, with Addeybb making plenty of ground down the straight to finish three-quarters of a length away in third.

Elsworth said: “Master The World is a good old boy and he likes it around here.

“Sean gets on with him very well and they communicate. He will have a bit of a break now until the spring and then he may have a prep race, or else he might come straight back for the Betway Winter Derby.

“I know he was awarded that race (Winter Derby) last winter, but it would have been an injustice if he hadn’t as he was flying when he really did get impeded. Sometimes those decisions are marginal, but not that one.

“He likes this surface, but he’s not a slouch and also won that big handicap on turf at Goodwood (Golden Mile Heritage Handicap).”

Levey was winning the race for the third year in succession and said: “Master The World is just getting more straightforward. When you ride him out he is like a two-year-old and a complete nuisance, but he is very professional now at the races and that’s a help.

“He just about stays a mile and two and this track suits a sharp horse who can pick up, which is why he is quite good around here.

“I was going really well until that spill at Salisbury, but I had gone a long time without ever having an injury and the laws of averages said it was going to happen one day. I am back now and so far, so good. I just have to keep it going now.”

Master The World was cut to 5-1 favourite from 14-1 for the Easter Classic with Ladbrokes.

Big Country, who was previously unbeaten in three runs on artificial surfaces, ran an excellent race under a 3lb penalty from the widest draw of all, prompting part-owner Chris Dixon to say of Mick Appleby’s charge: “He will come back and win the Betway Winter Derby now.”

The William Haggas-trained Addeybb, a Group Two winner at Sandown in the spring but making his all-weather debut with a 6lb penalty, did well to finish so close, having had plenty to do turning in.

His rider James Doyle said: “I had a good trip round to be fair, although I was a bit further back than ideal. I don’t know what the plan will be now, but he has run well and showed he handles the surface.”

Encrypted (6-1) produced a neat turn of speed in the final furlong to take the Betway Golden Rose Stakes.

The three-year-old, trained by Hugo Palmer, who was also responsible for the 2-1 favourite Gifted Master, stormed past the leader Corinthia Knight to put the race to bed and lift this Listed prize in a driving finish.

Intisaab was only a head back in second, with Kimberella a short head away in third.

Winning rider Josephine Gordon said: “I had to sit and suffer a bit, as Encypted can be a bit keen, but I think he is even better on the All-Weather as he has just beaten some really competitive horses and he has done it nicely. I think there is a lot more to come.

“We have worked out he likes a bit of time between his races, but he was in brilliant order today and the good strong gallop to aim at helped him. He is so easy and straightforward.”

George Boughey, Palmer’s assistant, added: “Encrypted always showed a lot as a two-year-old and that’s our first Listed winner for Juddmonte, so very pleasing. He is finally maturing.

“He is coming into his own now and is four from five on the all-weather, so we thought we would take our chance with him even though he was pretty wrong at the weights. That All-Weather form holds him in very good stead and Josie gave him a particularly good ride.

“He saw it out well. We always wondered if he would get further than six furlongs but it looks as if that is his trip. He is qualified for Finals Day now and it’s the obvious place to go, as it’s a lot of money.”

Humanitarian backed up the promise of his debut effort with an authoritative success in division two of the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost/EBF Novice Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained colt was a promising second to his stablemate Kick On first time out at Newmarket and was always travelling strongly in this mile contest.

Almokhtaar made a move off the bend, but Robert Havlin had that covered and the 5-6 favourite quickened smartly when asked.

Sash flattered briefly, but Humanitarian strode on in style to confirm himself a smart prospect for next season.

Havlin said: “He was entitled to come and do something like that. He went to the line well and I think he’ll get a mile and a quarter next season.”

Master The World takes command once more in Churchill Stakes
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