Rathbone finds to answers to Leicester puzzle

Owners hoping three-year-old can one day emulate flag-bearer Brando

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When the time comes to retire Group One winner Brando, owners Angie Bailey and Pete Tingey could have a ready-made replacement in the shape of Leicester winner Rathbone.

The Kevin Ryan-trained son of Foxwedge may have some way to go to the hit the heights of his stablemate, but he continued his upward curve after mastering Blown By Wind by a head in the Victoria Park Handicap.

Tingey said of the Tom Eaves-ridden 3-1 winner: “We’ve had some good ones and hopefully this is another one. Brando is getting old and this is his replacement.

“Brando is a bit unique for us, but I’m chuffed he has won today. He is named after Basil Rathbone and we name everything after actors and actresses.”

Bailey added: “He (Basil Rathbone) was the best Sherlock Holmes. He was the perfect gentleman and that is what this horse is.”

Wearing grey studded suede shoes more likely to be seen in a nightclub than a racetrack was a brave move by trainer Paul George – but Kodiac Harbour (5-1) gave him something to dance about when taking the Foxton Handicap on his turf debut.

George said: “He has been relatively straightforward to train. I bought him at Ascot last October and I’ve been happy with him the whole time.

“I thought he would improve for the turf. I don’t think this is probably the right track for him, but it was the right race.

“I think a mile on a stiff track is where I would like to go with him.”

Dubai Falcon (15-8) backed up the promise of his debut when holding Questionare by a head in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes on his step up to a mile and a half.

Winning jockey Pat Cosgrave said of the Saeed bin Suroor-trained victor: “He is a nice, big raw horse. It didn’t quite go to plan, as I wanted to get a lead. I was out in front a bit too long on my own, but he is a work in progress.

“I wouldn’t mind coming back to a mile and a quarter. I will leave it to Saeed where he goes next, but he is a nice horse with loads of potential.”

Edward Greatrex and Archie Watson teamed up for a double highlighted by the victory of Dorah (7-) who opened her account at the fourth time of asking with a two-length success in the Vis-A-Vis Symposiums Fillies’ Handicap.

Greatrex said: “She is getting better with age. She will be a lovely filly for two-mile handicaps at the back-end of the year. She is still weak, but she is getting stronger all the time.”

Izvestia (2-1) got the ball rolling for the pair in the Enderby Selling Stakes.

The winner was bought back in by Watson for £11,500.

Rathbone finds to answers to Leicester puzzle
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