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Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach

Saffron Beach has the Cazoo Oaks among possible next destinations following her fine effort in defeat in the 1000 Guineas.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly beat all bar Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic on Sunday, and was staying on again crossing the line.

Connections are consequently giving thought to another Classic bid next month – with the Coronation Stakes, Irish Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes also in the mix.

Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth
Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth (David Davies/Jockey Club)

“She’s fine and licked her bowl clean,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“I suppose we felt every emotion – delighted with how she ran, but gutted to come so close to winning a Classic.

“The owners are now making a decision whether they want to run her in the Oaks or not.

“When they were pulling up as they go up the hill, she was full of it. She certainly stayed every yard of the mile. You could nearly say she was first off the bridle because she wanted further.”

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Saffron Beach has shown in her short career to date that she is adaptable to conditions as well as distance.

“She’s a filly who is versatile on all goings,” added her trainer.

“She won the Oh So Sharp on soft, and handled fast ground on Sunday. That opens up going abroad with her, because you’re not worried whether it’s going to rain or not, which is a big plus.

“She’s so uncomplicated, so genuine – and it looks exciting times for her stallion, New Bay. Her pedigree says a mile, to be fair, but New Bay won a French Derby and was third in an Arc.

“We’re not in the Prix Diane – with Covid and Brexit, there’s enough headaches.

“So she’s in the Oaks, the Coronation and also the Pretty Polly at the Curragh over 10 furlongs – so we’ve got all distances covered. She’s also in the Irish Guineas, so it’s up to the owners where they want to go – and I’ll get her ready for it.”

Saffron Beach fared a good deal better than stablemate Albadri, who should have been Chapple-Hyam’s first representative in a Classic but reared over on leaving the paddock before Saturday’s 2000 Guineas and was withdrawn.

Bellosa was very impressive on her debut
Bellosa was very impressive on her debut (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“She ended up being my first runner in a Classic because of Albadri,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It was so strange – he’s been to Saudi and back and never done anything like that, he just would not leave the paddock. He was fine anyway – we’ve had him checked over twice.”

The once-raced Bellosa is another possibility for the Coronation Stakes, but she will return to Newmarket for the Betway King Charles II Stakes first.

The three-year-old daughter of Awtaad bolted up by seven lengths in a maiden at the Craven meeting, landing some hefty bets in the process.

“I think the obvious race is the Listed one at Newmarket on May 15, the King Charles II,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“That would be against the colts – but the way she performed in her maiden and looking at the times and everything, you wouldn’t be afraid of taking on the colts.

“Also they’ve got to give her a few pounds as well – which is a bonus. She did it very impressively first time out.

“As for her trip in the future, it’s still up for debate I suppose. I like seven furlongs, and the owner likes a mile, so we’ll just take each as it comes because she’s still raw at the moment – she’ll tell us her capabilities in competition.”

Bellosa bounds to impressive winning start at Newmarket

Bellosa looked a filly with a real future as she proved the market right in the Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy was booked by Jane Chapple-Hyam and from an opening price of 25-1 the daughter of Awtaad went off the 7-2 joint-favourite.

Bounced out on the rail, she never saw another rival and made every yard for a seven-length win from the 40-1 shot Verreaux Eagle.

CHapple-Hyam was did stress, however, that rumours the three-year-old had been working with her Classic hopeful Saffron Beach, who was second in Wednesday’s Nell Gwyn, were wide of the mark.

“She’s a nice filly, she came to me after Christmas. Sir Edmund Loder (owner) sold his stud in Ireland and had a dispersal sale, but I was very fortunate to get to train this filly,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She jumps keep improving with all her work and I’m thrilled with how she’s done it today. I didn’t expect that, though!

“I wanted her to hit the line strong, but she was conceding experience so that just shows her class.

“She worked with Ambassadorial, a good servant of mine, and went by him so I knew then we had a good one. I have to thank Adam Kirby because he rides her and likes her a lot as well.

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“She has never worked with Saffron Beach, though, I don’t know where that rumour came from!”

She added: “I think we’ll look for a Listed race next, over six or seven furlongs, but I’ll talk to Sir Edmund (who owned the Marling). There are Listed races at Lingfield and Nottingham we could look at.

“I’m sure the lads had a nibble, they all look pretty happy so I’d say yes!”

Creative Force had not been seen since disappointing in the Coventry Stakes, but if he could reproduce the form of his debut win a mark of 89 in the six-furlong Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap was always going to prove lenient.

Creative Force (right) comes to claim Significantly
Creative Force (right) comes to claim Significantly (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Briefly it looked as if long-time leader Significantly had slipped the field, but going into the dip Creative Force picked up and sprouted wings, the 11-4 favourite going away to win by a length and three-quarters.

“He had a bit of a setback after the Coventry and as we all know getting them to Ascot can be tough on the two-year-olds,” said trainer Charlie Appleby.

“He’s a genuine little horse. He broke his maiden at this meeting last year and while he hasn’t grown he’s strengthened up. He could get seven as well.

“Whether he’s good enough for something like the Pavilion Stakes we’ll see. He could step up to seven in time.”

Al Waqidi (left) was a third winner on the card for Appleby and Buick
Al Waqidi (left) was a third winner on the card for Appleby and Buick (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Appleby and Creative Force’s rider William Buick went on to complete a treble on the card, with Master Of The Seas (11-4) landing the Craven Stakes and Al Waqidi (2-1 favourite) impressing in the bet365 British EBF ‘Confined’ Novice Stakes.

The latter had made a successful start to his career at Wolverhampton in November and looks sure to go on to bigger and better things after following up with a comfortable half-length verdict.

Appleby added: “He’s a nice horse who is progressing all the time and he was very impressive on his first start.

“He’s done very well physically over the last eight weeks. We’ll just take little steps with him, but I was very pleased with that today, he’s learned a lot.

“He’s very nice to look at and has a beautiful pedigree.”

John Gosden’s Peter The Great was an 11-1 winner of the Bet365 Wood Ditton under Nicky Mackay.

Gosden said: “Nothing in the Wood Ditton is ever a surprise.

“He’d been working nicely at home, but he has a wild side to him so I thought Nicky, who rides him at home, can ride and we’ll leave the veteran (Frankie Dettori) in the weighing room.

“We’ll go for novice over 10 furlongs next. That’s the great thing about those races, as when you won this in the past you were almost forced to go into a Listed.

“Because of the racing through the winter now you tend not to get 20 roaring bulls in this.

“Is it a good Wood Ditton? I don’t think you’ve seen a Derby horse, but I don’t think it was a bad race.”