Maid to measure success for Menzies

Hurdling beckons but Nottingham opportunity was too good to miss

  • Wednesday 09 October
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Rebecca Menzies was delighted she delayed Maid In Manhattan’s hurdling debut to take advantage of another good opportunity on the Flat at Nottingham.

The five-year-old mare struck over the mile and three-quarters a week ago and followed up with a short-head success from Methag under 3lb claimer Harrison Shaw in the TBA Supporting British Breeders Fillies’ Handicap.

“She did it well here last week and the plan was to go to Market Rasen over hurdles next weekend,” said Menzies of her 11-8 favourite.

“This race was closing and I just tracked the entries. I saw there was going to be a small field and her preferred conditions, so we thought we’d give it a chance for the good prize-money again.

“She has just improved and improved. Nothing has really gone right for her today and she’s still managed just to win.

“There is another race here at the end of the month over the same trip, but hurdling is at the back of everyone’s mind.

“She schools very well at home so there is no reason why not. She’s been an absolute star for us.”

Dubai Souq galloped the opposition into submission to take the feature British EBF Nursery by six lengths.

Champion jockey-elect Oisin Murphy gave Saeed bin Suroor’s Dubawi colt a positive ride over the mile and a quarter and the 7-2 shot never looked like being caught.

Magna Moralia was a clear second with the rest of the field well strung out.

“That was quite surprising as he was a little bit disappointing last time, but I think being by Dubawi he didn’t mind the ground,” said bin Suroor’s travelling head lad, Tony Garth.

“He looked to have got the trip better than the others on that ground.

“He was a little bit keen earlier, so rather than fight him Oisin got to settle him round the turn and the further he went the better he went.”

Eponina (11-2) dominated from the front to land a cosy two-and-a-quarter-length success in division one of the Like Racing TV On Facebook Handicap in the hands of 5lb claimer Theodore Ladd.

“When she gets an easy lead she takes some catching,” said trainer Mick Appleby.

“She is probably better at seven, but she stretched them out well. The track suits her round here.

“I was going to run her at Leicester on Wednesday, but it was bottomless. The plan was to run in both races, but the ground was too bad there.”

Appleby and Ladd completed a double when Deinonychus (11-8 favourite) snatched the Follow At Racing TV On Twitter Apprentice Handicap in the shadow of the post for a fourth course triumph.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained King Carney (5-1), ridden by Richard Kingscote, made most of the running in game fashion to open his account on his third start in the British EBF Matchbook Future Stayers Oath Restricted Maiden Stakes.

William Haggas’s Moosmee (9-4 favourite) confirmed the promise of his debut run at Haydock with an all-the-way win in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes under James Doyle.

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