Above meets expectations for Tate at Newmarket

Big-race ambitions following maiden strike

  • Thursday 18 April
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James Tate hopes all roads will lead to Royal Ascot for Far Above after he lived up to expectations on his debut in the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

Despite taking on a number of more experienced rivals, the son of Farhh travelled well throughout the seven-furlong contest before being pushed out to defeat Franz Kakfa by a head.

In doing so he earned a 14-1 quote for the Jersey Stakes with Paddy Power.

Tate said of the 11-8 winner: “He has been working the house down. We’ve been dreaming ever since we watched him gallop this spring.

“He was a breeze-up, but he was half-grown last year so we settled him down and got him sound, gave him the winter and we’ve been excited all spring.

“That was the plan, to ride him like a piece of work and don’t hit him. He hasn’t got any big entries next to his name, but he is about to.

“Races like the Jersey you dream of and the seven-furlong Listed race back here (King Charles II) would be a nice stepping stone.”

Well Of Wisdom (5-1) gave trainer Charlie Appleby his third winner at the three day meeting when getting up in the closing stages of the Montaz Restaurant British EBF Novice Stakes.

The Newmarket handler said: “William (Buick) said he was just rolling around a little bit early doors. He came home strong and at the end of the day his pedigree suggests he wants a bit further. Stepping up to six will be the most logical way forward.

“He will want another run before we look at Royal Ascot. The Coventry would be the obvious race there.”

There was further success for Appleby and Buick as Mubtasim returned from a spell in Dubai on a winning note when turning the tables on stablemate On The Warpath with a length success in the bet365 Handicap.

Appleby said of the 5-2 scorer: “It was a game performance. He has probably got to a level now where we will dip our toe back into Listed and Group Three races.

“James (Doyle) said On The Warpath could come back to six furlongs as he just got a bit tired near the end.”

Fox Champion (5-2) also opened the door to a step up in class when completing a hat-trick with an all-the-way success in the British EBF bet365 Conditions Stakes.

The son of Kodiac has not looked back since meeting with defeat on his debut at Doncaster in June, as he followed up his last-time-out win on Town Moor in finding plenty from the front to run out a length and a quarter winner of the seven-furlong event.

Trainer Richard Hannon said: “He is a very nice colt and has done it the hard way there, making the running and giving weight away.

“He ran on Derby day last year and I was gutted he got beat. He might come back here for the King Charles II Stakes and he might be a Jersey horse.”

Beringer (4-1) went two places better than on his seasonal return in last month’s Lincoln with victory in the Coates & Seeley Brut Reserve Handicap.

After suffering trouble in running in the traditional curtain raiser at Doncaster, the gelded son of Sea The Stars enjoyed a clear passage on this occasion to hold the fast-finishing Power Of Dreams by a head.

Trainer Alan King said: “He was a bit unlucky in the Lincoln, but it probably cost us second as we would not have beaten the winner.

“Andrea (Atzeni) said we could stick at the mile or go up to a mile and a quarter. He is getting to know him better and hopefully we will have him on board when possible.

“Royal Ascot will come into the equation, but we might look at York, as he has run well there before.”

Victory aboard Beringer did come at a cost for Atzeni, however, as he was handed a six-day suspension by the stewards for incorrect use of the whip on the run to the line.

Atzeni’s suspension runs from May 2-7, meaning he is set to miss the Guineas meeting back at Newmarket.

Above meets expectations for Tate at Newmarket
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