Ralph Beckett continues to be amazed by the progression shown by Hereby after she completed a four-timer with victory in the Londonmetric Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot.
The daughter of Pivotal, who is out of Beckett’s 2008 Oaks winner Look Here, took a step up in class and trip in her stride with a length-and-half success in the mile-and-three-quarter Listed contest.
Beckett said of the 9-2 winner: “She is amazing. She was weak and hopeless to train at two as she was just too small. She has grown and filled out all year.
“She is bigger than her dam (Look Here) now, which I never thought would be the case. She was hardy out there.
“I would leave her at the trip and I wouldn’t mind dropping back to a mile and a half on the right ground as she was pretty impressive at Chester and the form has worked out well.
“She only beat up older handicappers, but did it with a certain amount of style.”
Hereby could be given the chance to continue her winning run, with Beckett earmarking a Group Three contest at Saint-Cloud later this month as a potential port of call.
He added: “Her owner will want to take her home and send her back to me in January.
“If she comes out of it well, I’d like to have a go at a Group Three fillies’ only race at Saint-Cloud over a mile and three-quarters in three weeks’ time that we won with Diamonds Pour Moi.”
King’s Pavillion rewarded trainer Jason Ward’s decision not to call time on his season by providing him with his first winner at the track with a tenacious neck success in the Amateur Jockeys Association Handicap.
Ward said: “That is my first winner here, but I’ve only had a few runners here. I can’t tell you how happy I am as we have had serious seconditis.
“This guy was booked to have warts removed from his face last Tuesday, but we called that off. It was a toss of a coin if we did that and wait until next season or go on through to November. He went to Malton on Tuesday and he worked brilliantly.
“Everyone thinks he is a stone better in soft ground, but it is that he handles it better than others and doesn’t stop in it.”
Victory for the 7-1 shot was also a first at the course for jockey Eireann Cagney, who added: “It is brilliant riding a winner here. It meant a lot having the family here as well.”
Marco Ghiani enjoyed a day to remember after the Amanda Perrett-trained Tinto reduced his claim to 5lb when backing up his last-time-out victory at Yarmouth by a neck in the Original Harrogate Water Handicap.
Ghiani said: “My season is going well and with every ride I have, I’m getting more experience. Getting down to 5lb in a class two at Ascot is very special.
Of the 16-1 winner, he added: “He was travelling better than last time at Yarmouth. He kicked on again when the other horse came to him.”
Landa Beach signed off his career with Andrew Balding on a winning note after staying on in dour fashion to defeat Darksideoftarnside by a head in the Canaccord Genuity Gordon Carter Handicap.
Balding said of the 6-1 winner: “Since we gelded him he has done nothing wrong. He stays very well and I was fairly hopeful he was going to get there.
“I think he will go to the sales now and he will make a nice jumper for someone.”