Pure Beauty rewarded trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s patience to get him off the mark for the season with a clear-cut success in the opening division of the Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.
Putting her injury troubles behind her the four-year-old daughter of Shamardal only needed to pushed out with hands and heels by Pat Cosgrave to collect the seven-furlong contest by two lengths on her belated debut.
Bin Suroor said of the 7-2 shot: “Every time she was ready to go last year she would have a problem and we would have to stop with her.
“This year she has improved and is a better filly than before. She has always shown some class and today she won well. Talking to the jockey she wants further, a mile.
“We will keep options open, as for Royal Ascot we will see.”
Tinto resumed his progression switched back to turf to set up a tilt at the Wokingham at Royal Ascot with a surprise success in the Betway Handicap.
Bouncing off the quick ground in the hands of former champion jockey Jim Crowley, the Amanda Perrett-trained 40-1 winner was not for stopping in the six-furlong dash, with the four-year-old crossing the line a length a quarter clear of Summerghand.
Perrett’s husband, Mark, said: “He came good at the back end last season a couple of times and he has carried on in the same vein back on turf. It was a good performance off 100.
“Maybe we will let him take his chance in the Wokingham as we have nothing to lose. He is a tough, hardy little horse. He does love that quick ground.”
Holy Kingdom appears ready to fill the role of stable flag-bearer for Tom Clover judging by the manner of his victory on his seasonal return in the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap.
Travelling powerfully into the mile-and-a-half contest the son of Australia knuckled down well when asked the question before prevailing by a length and three-quarters.
Clover said: “He has done really well and we always thought he would make up into a lovely four-year-old.
“His best will be seen when he is running over a mile and three-quarters or two miles. We hope he is a lovely stayer to go to war with.
“We could possibly look at the new Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot or the Northumberland Vase as he has run very well left-handed at Chelmsford and York.”
Only time will tell if Renaissance Queen (3-1) is anything near as good as her dual Group One-winning half-brother Old Persian. However, she made the perfect start to her career when taking the Betway EBF Stallions Fillies’ Novice Stakes by a length.
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said: “She is bred to stay and William (Buick) said stamina is her forte. She saw the trip out well. A filly with her pedigree we will try to find a bit of black type and if we place her right she should pick it up.
“I thought she might get caught out with inexperience as she is very raw at home and we have not put much work into her, as she is a light framed filly.”
The victory completed doubles on the day for Appleby and Buick who were on the mark earlier with Ghaiyyath (11-10) in the Group One Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup.
John Gosden already has a yard full of established Group-race performers and Ricetta (5-4) could soon be another name on that list after getting up by three-quarters of a length in division two of the Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Gosden said: “She got in a bit of a muddle and she will be better over a mile. She was stuck out on her own in stall 12. We can’t make plans at the moment as this is year is like no other.”