Bayside Boy created a big impression when winning on debut in the first division of the bet365 EBF Novice Stakes at Newbury.
Trained by Roger Varian – who was registering his first juvenile success of the season – the son of New Bay displayed a taking turn of foot.
All looked to be going to plan for John and Thady Gosden’s odds-on favourite Find as he cruised into the lead – but David Egan’s mount was made to look decidedly one-paced inside the final furlong.
Jack Mitchell did not even resort to the use of his stick as Bayside Boy (9-1) sprinted three and a quarter lengths clear.
Richard Ryan, racing manager for joint-owners Teme Valley, said: “That was very pleasing in many respects, but particularly because that is Roger’s first two-year-old winner of the season.
“He’s got an awful lot of nice two-year-olds at home and this lad has been doing some nice work with them so I don’t think he’s going to be Roger’s last, put it that way.
“The sire was popular at the time and this mare (Alava) has been very successful, with Forest Ranger (half-brother) her best.
“He’s put them to bed over seven furlongs on a flat track there and I think he’ll sharpen up. While I think he will get a mile later in the season, races like the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster will enter our minds now.”
Mitchell later doubled up on Tom Clover’s Sugauli (17-2) in the Ire Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Handicap.
“To be fair Ray Dawson rode him last time and said he wanted a mile,” said Mitchell.
“He’s a horse who thinks he’s quicker than he is, generous is probably how you’d describe him.
“He’s a hot character, he wears the red hood but he’s won that well today.”
John and Thady Gosden, who were on the mark with Chesham runner-up Reach For The Moon in the second division of Bayside Bay’s race, also scored with Golden Bugle (9-4 favourite) in the bet365 Fillies’ Handicap.
The filly by Golden Horn was running in the famous Anthony Oppenheimer colours and is regally bred, being out of a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand.
It took her three attempts to break her maiden but she is clearly getting the hang of things, providing Frankie Dettori with a double.
“That was the plan. Anthony bred the father, the mother, he bred that filly and I think we’ve got to look in the direction of black type now,” said John Gosden.
Roger Charlton’s string are in much better form now than in the first half of the season and Saligo Bay (100-30) provided him with a sixth winner from his last 17 runners in the bet365 Handicap.
For much of the long straight it appeared as if Billy Garrity had slipped the field on Skycutter, but Franny Norton timed his challenge to perfection.
“I’ve always been a great admirer of Franny, but he hasn’t ridden much for me,” said Charlton.
“When we had 8st 5lb and didn’t have a jockey and he was available he seemed the obvious choice.
“Hopefully this one will keep progressing until the end of the season, head to the sales and then win the Triumph Hurdle! Who knows, the owners may want to keep him.
“I’m much happier with the form of the yard now, the best time of the year for your horses to run well is the second half of the year, not the first half.”