A review of the action from Friday's meeting at Newbury
Last Updated: 15/08/14 6:51pm
A review of the action from Friday's meeting at Newbury where Elm Park created a striking impression.
Elm Park represented some very famous colours on the way to a comfortable three-length success in the Don Deadman Memorial European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes at Newbury.
The 9-4 favourite, a promising third on debut at Sandown, is owned by the Kingsclere Racing Club, who use the black and gold silks carried by the Balding family's greatest horse, Mill Reef.
Trainer Andrew Balding is in America, but his mother Lady Emma said: "He's a lovely horse. Steve Woolley, who rode (Elm Park's sire) Phoenix Reach, says this is the nicest horse he's ridden since then.
"It's the first time I've gone weak at the knees watching a race for a very long time. David (Probert) was very happy, he said it took him a long time to pull him up."
There aren't too many basement level events on the Berkshire track but the Christopher Smith Associates Claiming Stakes fitted the bill for Azrur.
David Brown's gelding (100-30), a recruit from Michael Bell for this season, travelled prominently under apprentice Marc Monaghan and had enough left in the locker to thwart the frustrating Langavat by a neck.
It is a lucky track for owner John Fretwell, who won a Mill Reef and a Super Sprint with Temple Meads.
"I bought him as a lead horse for the two-year-olds and I ran him in this as wanted to give him a bit of confidence," said Fretwell.
Epsom Hill has put his young trainer Charlie Fellowes into a bit of a quandary after easily following up his recent Thirsk victory.
After bolting up in North Yorkshire 13 days earlier, it was the same again under Andrea Atzeni as 11-10 favourite for the Punter Southall Transaction Services Handicap.
"It's lovely to have a horse that just improves and improves," said Fellowes.
"I'm not quite sure where we go from here. Do I run him again as he's in such good form, or do I think about putting him away for something in the autumn, maybe a race like the November Handicap. We'll have to have a think."
Epsom Hill, who is Swedish-bred, carries the unusual colours of white with a red ribbon. Fellowes believes they represent the rising sun, as they belong to Japanese part-owner Takashi Saito.
Gary Moore was stuck in traffic and missed watching speedy filly Bronze Maquette deliver one of his best Flat successes to date in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes.
An early-season maiden winner at Brighton and eventually back in front in an Ascot nursery last month, the 10-1 chance was pitched into an open-looking five-furlong Listed event for fillies on the advice of Jimmy Fortune.
As 7-2 joint-favourites in Blue Aegean and Dangerous Moonlight struggled and finished well out of the picture, Bronze Maquette took off down the middle of the track to score by a length and three-quarters from Al Fareej.
"I left the yard (in Sussex) at a quarter to one, and the M25 wasn't good," said Moore, who engaged Shane Kelly for the ride with Fortune currently suspended.
"I listened to it at the roundabout just outside the course. I started cheering in the car, so I don't know what other drivers would have thought!"
Moore, best known for training Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy, is not so often associated with high-class Flat horses.
"I won a Group Three in Ireland last year for the same owner (Richard Green) with Dutch Masterpiece, who I still think is a very good horse," he said.
"She's obviously improving and loves cut in the ground. She ran in a novice at Windsor, that was won by Kool Kompany, then I ran her in another one at Kempton and that was won by Limato, so the form was there.
"I thought she wanted seven, but it was Jimmy that said to go for this, so all credit to him. I'm not sure what I'll do now. It's probably job done as far as I'm concerned as she's in the Newmarket sales."
Kelly later doubled up on Luca Cumani's Blue Waltz (11-8 favourite) in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Katawi (4-1) proved her recent outing at Nottingham to be too bad to be true when cruising clear in the KKA - Highpoint Handicap for jockey Ted Durcan and trainer Chris Wall.
"Chris wasn't sure what happened last time but his horses are flying and she loved the ease in the ground," said Durcan.
Wordismybond (13-8 favourite) struck again for Peter Makin in the Tom Mitchell 'Diamond' Birthday Celebration Apprentice Handicap (In Support Of Prostate Cancer UK) under Chris Meehan.