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Classy performance from Stay Alert at Newbury

Stay Alert continued her progression with a cosy success in the Greatwood British EBF Stakes at Newbury.

Hughie Morrison’s filly had chased home Oaks third Nashwa last time out and she looked to have improved for that experience with a commanding display.

Ridden confidently by Josephine Gordon, the daughter of Fastnet Rock, who was unraced at two, quickened impressively to steal the march on favourite Golden Lyra.

When a gap appeared on the rails at the two-furlong marker Stay Alert shot three lengths clear and while Tom Marquand tried to follow on Golden Lyra, her change of gear, on just her second start, was not as immediate.

Without Gordon needing to get too serious in the saddle the 11-4 chance was always holding the promising runner-up and crossed the line a length clear, although in truth she was value for more.

Morrison was tied up at British Horseracing Authority headquarters all afternoon, but did manage to catch the race.

“I thought she was impressive and won with a bit in hand,” he said.

“She showed a bit more speed than she had in the past today – I probably should have run her in the Oaks! Though I’m not sure Epsom would be her track.

“That was seen as a very good race today. I’d like to think we’d beat the one who beat us last time (Nashwa) if they were to meet over a mile and a half, though I understand she’s dropping in trip next time.

“I think we’ll have a look at Haydock if she’s in good form and it’s proper ground at Haydock ahead of the Lancashire Oaks.

“If that goes well then you might have a look at the Yorkshire Oaks and maybe even the St Leger – why not? I trained her sister (Star Rock) who stayed well but was hard to keep sound.”

Josephine Gordon relished being back on a good horse
Josephine Gordon relished being back on a good horse (Mike Egerton/PA)

Gordon told Racing TV: “I always thought she was going to be a nice filly, especially after her last run and her win at Wolverhampton and I said that to Mr Morrison – I didn’t realise she was going to be that nice!

“She’ll definitely stay further, but at the moment a mile and a quarter seems to be working as she can still run a little bit with the gas out. She’s quite awkward at home so her lad at home has done a good job.

“I did worry slightly as normally she only gallops, but she did quicken today and I was lucky to get a run up the rail. At one point I was thinking it could be a hard luck story but she sprinted home.

“She’s beaten some very nice horses and I definitely think she’s Group material, she’s eased down today and being fussy that’s not her ground, she’ll be better with more juice but she’s done nothing wrong.”

It was a welcome winner in the spotlight for Gordon, who added: “People say one horse can make or break things, a few years ago I was riding at this level but unfortunately a few things went down hill.

“It’s an honour to keep on her, a big opportunity and hopefully it will open a few more doors.”

Racehorse Lotto on top despite doubles for Racing League opponents

Team Racehorse Lotto top the William Hill Racing League table, despite doubles for two of their rivals on the second night of action at Doncaster.

Racehorse Lotto were unable to add to their sole victory at Newcastle last week, but have still racked up 122 points – three more than second-placed Team BullionVault.

Martin Dwyer rode a Town Moor double for Team ODDSbible, and there were also two victories for Team Ireland – leaving them third and eighth respectively, of the 12 teams.

Josephine Gordon banked her first points of the tournament for Team BullionVault, linking up with David Menuisier’s Foxtrot Sizzler to take the William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Racing League R9.

Gordon was riding the 3-1 favourite for the first time as they made all the running for a length victory from outsider Global Acclaim – on a night when three-year-olds won all six races.

“I was told that he can be a little bit free, and he was,” she said.

“I definitely couldn’t have gone any steadier!

“I think the soft ground has helped us. In time he will get further, but I don’t think there’s any rush really.

“When it does all come together I think he is going to be a smart horse.

“There are lot of good trainers (involved), and thankfully I’m light enough to do some light weights.”

Team ODDSBible made plenty of ground up the table thanks to Dwyer’s quickfire double.

His first triumph came in the William Hill Play Responsibly Racing League R10, on Martyn Meade’s Bake.

A 9-2 shot, Bake followed up his success in a Yarmouth maiden last month with another win at a rainy Town Moor – this time coming home just a short head in front of Tahitian Prince.

Dwyer’s second success came aboard Brian Meehan’s Corbulo, who started as the 7-2 joint favourite in the William Hill Pick Your Places Racing League R11 – and prevailed by half a length.

“It feels fantastic and it’s great to do it here at Doncaster,” said ODDSBible team manager Sam Sangster.

“We thought Bake was our best chance today, and it’s just great for the team and everyone involved to have a winner.”

Saffie Osborne struck in the opening William Hill Build Your Odds Racing League R7 for Team Swish – who ended the card fourth in the table.

Riding Ed Walker’s Tenaya Canyon, Osborne took up the running a furlong out before crossing the line three-quarters of a length in front at 9-2.

“It’s an idea and a concept that I’ve always liked,” the 5lb claimer said of the Racing League.

“My dad (trainer Jamie) has been a part of it, involved alongside (competition chief executive) Jeremy Wray.

“It’s nice to get a winner on the board – and it’s a really exciting concept. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Team Ireland’s much-improved showing, after their struggles at Newcastle, began with victory in the William Hill Extra Place Races Racing League R8 – with Joseph O’Brien’s Night Of Romance.

Starting as the 7-2 favourite, the filly was running for the first time since joining O’Brien from Karl Burke – and registered a half-length success under young apprentice Dylan Browne McMonagle.

“I’m delighted,” said Browne McMonagle, who was having his first ride at the track.

“We didn’t get off to a good start last week – but hopefully now we’ll start to get a couple of points on the board.

“I’m just pleased to be on the team, and to have got the first winner out of the way.”

The second leg of the Team Ireland double came in the closing William Hill Double Your Odds Racing League R12 – in which Donnacha O’Brien’s Moon Daisy (3-1 favourite) scored under Kieran O’Neill.