Tangled lands York Sales race pot
Last Updated: 24/08/17 5:13pm
Tangled provided trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Sean Levey with back-to-back victories in the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes.
After combining to take the valuable six-furlong prize 12 months ago with Stormy Clouds, the pair struck again after the son of Society Rock backed up his nursery win at last month's July Festival at Newmarket.
Bursting through the far-side pack deep inside the final furlong, the 15-2 shot was not for stopping once hitting the front, with Levey pushing his mount out to defeat Great Prospector by a neck.
Favourite Hey Jonesy was best of the stands-side finishers, a further half-length back in third.
Hannon said: "We've always liked him. He was prone to bouts of bad behaviour in his early days. We fancied for him a nursery at Goodwood, but he burst out the stalls and his chance had gone (he was withdrawn as a result).
"He went up 4lb for standing in his box, so his form has worked out. We've been second in this a few times so it's nice to win it again as it's a huge pot. It's nice for Sean, because he had been moaning to me about his car. It has done 170,000 miles and it's only 180,000 to the moon.
"At least he can buy a new one now."
Richard Fahey said of Great Prospector: "I'm a bit disappointed as I thought we'd win, but Paul (Hanagan) said he was a little bit on his head.
"He'll probably now head to Doncaster for the big sales race there. Six and a half furlongs should suit him a little bit better."
Threading looked a filly destined for the top after taking a step up in class in her stride with a stylish success in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes.
Having seen Dee Ex Bee turned over at a short price in the Acomb Stakes 24 hours earlier, trainer Mark Johnston had the smile put back on his face as the daughter of Exceed And Excel justified her £15,000 supplementary fee in landing the six-furlong Group Two contest.
Eased into the race by James Doyle, the 9-2 winner sailed past American hope Happy Like Fool approaching the final furlong, before crossing the line a length and three-quarters clear from Madeline, to make it two from two following her debut success at Goodwood.
Irish raider Mambo Noire from the yard of Ken Condon was a further three-quarters of a length back in third.
Following the race Threading was introduced at 12-1 for next year's Qipco 1000 Guineas by Paddy Power, with Betfair going 14-1.
Doyle said: "It's a bit early to tell if she is a Guineas filly. She is showing all the right signs and she was very impressive in deep ground at Goodwood. I rode one yesterday that was an impressive winner there and he flopped so it is hard to tell how much it quite takes out of them.
"She seems to have come on nicely from that run. I was always comfortable there. I didn't want to give Frankie (Dettori, on Happy Like A Fool) too much rope, I got there a touch early but she is a typical one of Mark Johnston's and she toughed it out well.
"She rides like an older horse, to be honest, she is very push-button. She jumped well, sat a couple of lengths off the pace, eased into it well and knuckled down well late on.
"She is very professional."
Johnston said: "We came here not knowing a lot about her but, at the same time, we wouldn't have supplemented her if we thought she wasn't good enough. It was only six days ago we decided to take the plunge, and thank goodness we did.
"I could see all the way she was travelling well and I could see she was the only one who really had the leader in her sights. She's a lovely, straightforward horse and has done nothing but please us from day one. She pulled away at the finish and that bodes well for the future.
"You'd start thinking about the Cheveley Park after that, but nothing has been discussed, there's no plan.
"She won on soft at Goodwood and she's won on soft again, but it would be wrong to pigeon-hole her and it would be very interesting to see her run on better ground. I'd love to see what difference it makes to her."
He added: "She stayed the trip very well and the Guineas would be in our minds. That's the dream for the moment."
Flaming Spear demonstrated showed a touch of class to gain the most significant success of his career in the Clipper Logistics Handicap.
Although well held at Ascot over seven furlongs last time out, the giant five-year-old, who finished down the field in the French 2000 Guineas in his younger days, got his career back on track with a comfortable success on his return to a mile.
Sweeping to the front inside the final furlong, the Kevin Ryan-trained gelding was not for catching, with Robert Winston only required to push the 10-1 chance out close to the line out to score by a length and three-quarters from Qassem.
Ryan said: "He's always been a talented horse, but for one reason or another he lost his way. We changed a few things around and winning a few races seemed to get his confidence back.
"We are not going to rush him back, but we hope he can get to the level we think he is capable of reaching. He will be (a Pattern horse).
"We'll have to see what the handicapper does and make a plan for the autumn."
Hugo Palmer said of Qassem: "You'd have to be thinking of the Balmoral on Champions Day now as he needs cut in the ground. He's also in the Cambridgeshire and if it came up soft he could go for that."
Fleur Forsyte turned in a career best-performance in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes.
Despite bringing just a Salisbury maiden win to the table, the James Fanshawe-trained three-year-old took a significant step forward to take top honours in the Listed contest.
Much of the focus centred on Ribblesdale runner-up Mori, but she was soon sending out distress signals with Ryan Moore calling for her maximum effort early down the home straight.
Although looking a shade green late on, Fleur Forsyte (12-1) stayed on well enough for pressure to keep More Mischief, who was giving the winner almost a stone, at bay by two and a quarter lengths.
Fanshawe said: "She was in front a while. I've always really liked her. She got a bit upset at Newbury so we put a hood on her and she finished third in the Chalice Stakes. She worked very well last week, but that is easy to say now she has won.
"She is in at Ascot on Champions Day and the Prix de Royallieu. It is great to win Henry's race and he was always a help on the (Newmarket) Heath."
Lincoln Rocks (8-1) defied top weight to go one better than on three previous starts in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap.
The David O'Meara-trained four-year-old got her head in front for the first time since landing a Listed event at Pontefract last month when making her drop back to seven furlongs a successful one.
Always close to the pace, Danny Tudhope's mount found plenty from the sharp end to pass the post with a length and a quarter to spare.
O'Meara said: "She's already won a Listed race this year so, in effect, we were dropping back in grade.
"She's very tough and versatile and we might look abroad, somewhere like France, for a black-type race."