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Rowley run a possibility for Newbury victor Injazati

Charlie Fellowes is predicting a bright future for Injazati following his Newbury win and he could sign off for the season in the bet365 Old Rowley Cup on October 8.

The Night Of Thunder colt took his record to three wins from just five outings in a valuable prize on Saturday.

That came over 10 furlongs but Fellowes feels a step up in trip could bring out more improvement.

“We really like him. He’s a horse I’ve always really liked a huge amount,” said the Newmarket handler.

“He’s a big, scopey individual who needs a bit of cut in the ground. He’s a big baby really, so I think another run would probably do him some good.

“He’s in the Old Rowley Cup in a few weeks and that looks the obvious place to go, providing the ground is not too quick. I think he’ll stay 12 furlongs no problem.

“We’ll have a look at that as a finishing point and we’re hopeful he might turn into a middle distance Group horse somewhere along the line.

“He’s very much a next-year horse. He’s not had a huge amount of racing and another run this year would do him the world of good.”

Cumberland Lodge possibility for Solid Stone

Solid Stone could step up to a mile and a half for the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot following his battling victory at Newbury on Saturday.

Connections of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old will consider the Group Three contest on October 2 after he knuckled down well to outpoint Foxes Tale by a neck, having made most of the running.

It was a second Group Three success in a row for the Saeed Suhail-owned gelding following the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor last month.

“He doesn’t know when to lie down. He’s such a battler. He’s such a game horse and it’s nice to get one like that who gives everything,” said Philip Robinson, assistant racing manager to Rabbah Bloodstock.

“It might be worth stepping him up another furlong and try a mile and a half, which I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion might be his best.

“I haven’t really looked, but something like the Cumberland Lodge. It’s quite a stiff 12 furlongs, but something like that.

“He’s done very well. We’ll see how he comes out of this. He’s come out of it well so far and we’ll see where Sir Michael wants to go.”

Robinson forecasts a bright future for Injazati after the Mohamed Obaida-owned three-year-old completed a hat-trick in a handicap over a mile and a quarter on the same card.

Injazati (right) is expected to go on to better things after completing a hat-trick at Newbury
Injazati (right) is expected to go on to better things after completing a hat-trick at Newbury (Steven Paston/PA)

Trained by Charlie Fellowes, the Night Of Thunder colt made all the running when holding seasoned campaigner Sam Cooke by two lengths on what was only his fifth career start.

“We’ve always thought a lot of him and I know Charlie has been really keen on this horse,” said Robinson.

“The main thing was getting him switched off early as he cold be a bit keen. They have discovered to let him do his own thing, whether that is in front or whatever, and he might step him up to a mile and a half now he has learned to relax a bit.

“He might even be better again over a mile and a half. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. Whatever he does this year, he’ll be better next year.”

Robinson feels Hala Hala Athmani, owned by Jaber Abdullah, is a filly to watch out for in 2022 despite losing her unbeaten record at Ayr.

The Kevin Ryan-trained half-sister to Group One winner Hello Youmzain was third to Nazanin in the Group Three Firth of Clyde Stakes when taking a hike in class after winning a Carlisle maiden on her debut last month.

“She’s a lovely big filly and without doubt is going to be better next year. Whether she runs again this year or not, I’m not sure. To me it looked looked she was getting a bit lonely out in front and will be stronger next year,” said Robinson.

“She could be anything. I really like her. She looked like the winner a furlong and a half out. She got lonely and then got tired the last half-furlong, but she’s very much a filly for next year.

“She seems quite keen early on in her races but a lot can change and she’s a big filly. Once she strengthens up it would be nice to think she’d see the mile out next year, but I’m sure Kevin will find something nice for her somewhere.”

Shepherd sweet on Injazati after clear-cut Newbury verdict

Callum Shepherd predicted a bright future for Injazati having partnered Charlie Fellowes’ colt to a smooth success in the valuable Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury.

Winning for the third time in succession, this victory came off a mark of 91 and was achieved with relatively little fuss by two lengths.

Always handy, Shepherd kicked on a good two furlongs from home but never looked in any danger of being caught.

Sam Cooke got closest, while the returning King Leonidas made a nice comeback in third, but they were two lengths away.

“I had no real orders other than to let him jump and find a pitch and I was happy to let him bowl along,” said Shepherd.

“This isn’t a straight he’s encountered before, what with the width of the track and the crowd and things, and he just started to drift towards the rail but he really stuck his neck out and tried.

“I was very impressed. It was my first time riding him and I wouldn’t mind riding him again.

“I think he’s going to be a very good four-year-old. He’s got size and scope and despite signs of rawness, he still finished to good effect.”

Roger Varian’s Dubai Poet ran away with the first division of the Sir David Sieff Novice Stakes.

Fourth on debut at the track last month, he was sent off the 5-6 favourite and pulled five and a half lengths clear.

Unibet introduced him at 40-1 for next year’s Guineas and 50-1 for the Derby.

Dubai Poet was an impressive winner for Roger Varian
Dubai Poet was an impressive winner for Roger Varian (Steve Paston/PA)

Andrea Atzeni was on board and said: “We’ve always thought quite a bit of him. His first run was solid when he finished fourth here and the race is starting to work out.

“He got away with seven furlongs but he probably wants a mile. It was straightforward, he came off the bridle early enough but the further he went, the better he felt. It wouldn’t surprise me if this could be it for him this year.”

The second division went the way of Andrew Balding’s Koy Koy (8-11 favourite) who scooted in by six and a half lengths under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

Balding said: “He’d run well last time but is improving with racing, he was still a bit raw.

“He’ll be a nice horse next year. It’s probably it for this year now, but we’ll see how he is and see what races are around.”

Jockey coach John Reid was full of praise for 7lb apprentice Mohammed Tabti who looked very polished in guiding Paul and Oliver Cole’s Ivatheengine (15-2) to victory in the Heatherwold Stud Handicap.

“He came over from France, where he had about 50 rides, just over a year ago,” said Reid.

“He doesn’t speak much English, so if he wants to get more outside rides he’ll have to pick up the language, but he’s very tidy.

“I think he’s got a big future, this will do him the world of good, winning at Newbury on a big day.”