Jedhi upholds family honour at Newbury

Marmelo’s sister returns to winning ways

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Hughie Morrison gained a slice of compensation for the defeat sustained by Marmelo in France on Sunday after his half-sister Jedhi struck gold in the Ross Brooke Chartered Accountants Fillies’ Handicap at Newbury.

Having had an objection turned down by the stewards at ParisLongchamp following Marmelo’s narrow defeat in a Group Two at the weekend, the East Ilsley handler was all smiles as the daughter of Big Bad Bob returned to winning ways.

Although a stewards’ inquiry was called it did not affect the 4-1 shot, who had forged through a gap between rivals late on in the extended mile and five prize, getting up to score by a nose from Point In Time.

Morrison said of the Ryan Moore-ridden 8-1 winner: “It was the second that interfered with us. Given her half-brother should have won a race on Sunday it would be a bit tough if she’d lost that!

“I thought we couldn’t beat the favourite (Sea Of Faith), but she is from a family that do better with age and she has won two nice little handicaps now.

“She only does enough. She won because she got angry. Unless she went forward she would have been squashed, but she wasn’t going to have that. She is a feisty one.

“She is a lovely mare to have. I think she will get two miles. We might even think of the Cesarewitch – there are lots of nice races to go for.”

James Tate’s Nasaiym got the ball rolling for Moore when getting off the mark at the second attempt in the bet365 EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

The 6-4 winner, who got the better of debutant Nina Bailarina by a neck, could now have the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York on her agenda.

Tate said: “She made hard work of it a little bit near the end, but the ground probably wasn’t to her liking. She is a winner now and that is part of the way there.

“She is that type of filly (Lowther), but not on that type of ground. The question is do we stick at six or step up to seven.

“When we go up in class we will be looking for faster ground.”

Encipher (6-5) put his previous experience to good use with a clear-cut victory in the Spinal Injuries Association EBF Novice Stakes, to initiate a double for Oisin Murphy.

Thady Gosden, son of winning trainer John Gosden, said: “He ran very well. He was a little bit green out in front and is still slightly babyish. He handled the ground well.

“He ran very well first time and has improved again. We will probably keep him to seven furlongs for the time being, but a mile should be no problem.”

The Andrew Balding-trained Shadn completed Murphy’s brace when claiming the feature Listed Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes.

Jedhi upholds family honour at Newbury
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