Youth shows winning Spirit at Newmarket

Balding eyeing Pattern company for maiden victor.

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Andrew Balding will consider Group race options for Youth Spirit on his next start following his victory in the bet365 British EBF Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

The Camelot colt built on a satisfactory debut at Haydock when capturing the seven-furlong contest under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

Despite the ground being softer than ideal, Youth Spirit galloped on strongly to the line to defeat slow-starting odds-on favourite Magical Land by a length.

Balding said of the 9-2 winner: “He is a horse that we’ve always liked. Rob Hornby gave him a lovely introduction at Haydock and he has come on for that.

“Oisin was quite impressed and he won in spite of the ground as he probably wants it better.

“The Vintage Stakes is a possibility, but we will talk to the owners and see. The favourite (Saeiqa) came out which made it a little bit easier, but there were still some smart horses there. He will definitely stay a mile and hopefully he will get further next year.”

Youth Spirit was given a quote of 10-1 for the Vintage Stakes by William Hill.

There may have been no crowd to welcome back Han Solo Berger (9-2) following his length-and-a-quarter success in the Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap, but it failed to take the shine off the victory for trainer Chris Wall.

The Newmarket handler said: “He won here last year and as long as it was not too soft, I was happy to let him run. It probably helped us a bit that the field was reduced.

“George Wood was positive with him and got him in a nice position and made up his mind. It is nice to have a winner here, even under these circumstances.”

A recent schooling session over tyres appeared to work the oracle for Masked Identity, who gained a first victory on turf when holding on by a neck in the Price Promise At bet365 Handicap.

Shaun Keightley, trainer, said of the 9-1 winner: “I thought he could have won last time, but he was not concentrating so that is why I put the cheekpieces on.

“I schooled him over some tyres on Wednesday. It was just something different to try to wake him up and he seemed to enjoy it.”

Wise Glory (15-2) demonstrated the best of his battling abilities to defeat Spectrum Of Light by a neck in the Cash Out At bet365 Handicap and follow up his recent Leicester success.

Ed Crisford, joint trainer, said: “He did it well the other day at Leicester and we thought a mile and a half would really suit him.

“That day it was actually quite quick and he has got a big old knee action, so we thought he would love the ground today. I think he is a nice, progressive colt.”

Mark Johnston saw his perseverance rewarded as Cape Coast continued to make up for lost time by claiming the biggest success of his career in the bet365 Trophy.

Having filled the runner-up spot on his return at Thirsk last month after a 1,024 day absence, the gelded son of Cape Cross took another step forward to land the 14-furlong contest.

Hitting the front over two furlongs out, the 13-2 shot found plenty for pressure before obliging by a half a length from the staying-on Ghostwatch.

Johnston said: “That was fantastic. He had quite a serious tendon injury three years ago. Frankly I didn’t think he would race again. He would have been a candidate to retire.

“The owner wouldn’t get rid of him, so he was put in a field at home and we kept looking at him and we thought he looked quite good, so we brought him back in.

“Frankie (Dettori) said he would come on again as he was having a fair blow. We will take it one step at a time. King’s Advice won this last year then went to Goodwood, so that is probably what we will do next.”

There was further success for Johnston as Zabeel Champion (8-1) followed up his win on the Rowley Mile last time out when powering clear to take the bet365 Handicap by a length and a half to give rider PJ McDonald his 1,000th winner.

Youth shows winning Spirit at Newmarket
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