Kings Fete lands York gamble
Last Updated: 11/07/14 8:28pm
A round-up of the rest of the action from York, where Kings Fete defied his inexperience to justify market support.Kings Fete overcame his very obvious lack of experience to win the Groceryaid Chairman's Charity Cup as Sir Michael Stoute's 5/2 favourite added to his Sandown maiden win on just the third start of his career.
While he was at the bottom of the handicap here, it always takes a smart three-year-old to beat their elders and the performance can be marked up a notch after the King's Best colt went very free to post and for the first two furlongs he was pulling Doyle's arms out.
The Great Voltigeur entry moved like a classy individual and despite Cecil's Mighty Yar making late gains after stumbling badly on leaving the stalls, he was never going to pass the half-length winner.
Doyle said: "He's got a tendency to be keen and you could say he's done well to win. I was always happy enough and I struggled to pull him up after we'd finished."
Line Of Reason (4.1) is a sprinter in great heart and Paul Midgley's charge followed up a recent win in Ireland by beating his stablemate Silvanus by three-quarters of a length.
"You could say he's in decent fettle," said Midgley of the Paul Mulrennan-ridden winner.
"I was a little bit worried as that was his first ever run over five furlongs, but he did a a piece of work with Monsieur Joe over five and he was electric.
"He's in the Sky Bet Dash back here and the Stewards' Cup (32Red Cup) and if he's not careful he'll end up in Dubai."
Roger Varian's Maljaa (8/11 favourite) had little trouble opening his account in the Cakemark EBF Stalliona Maiden Stakes.
Second when well fancied on debut at Haydock, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned winner was a landmark success for Freddy Tylicki.
"That was a first win for me in these silks," said the jockey.
"He's a nice horse, being by Paco Boy I thought the ground might be a bit quick but it didn't bother him, it's like a carpet anyway, perfect Flat racing ground.
"I'd have preferred a lead for longer but I was left in front two out."
Pres Rapide was turned over at a short price in the Haylin Stakes by Richard Fahey's Ventura Shadow (16/1), ridden by Paddy Mathers.
Brian Ellison's Bishop's Castle (7/2 joint-favourite) just edged out Innsbruck in the Cranswick plc Food Group Stakes for Dale Swift.