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Falcon swoops for Nottingham glory

Island Falcon looks another potentially nice sort for Godolphin, but it might be asking too much to follow in Adayar’s footsteps – last year’s winner of the Golden Horn Maiden Stakes at Nottingham.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor while Adayar is handled by his Godolphin colleague Charlie Appleby, Island Falcon (11-4 favourite) had a made a promising debut at Goodwood when third just over a fortnight ago.

The race was actually delayed for over five minutes by the eventual winner as it transpired he needed a new shoe having arrived at the start.

He clearly showed no ill effects in the race, though, and he was fairly prominent early on despite breaking from stall 14.

Percy Jones was allowed to dictate a steady pace before Pat Cosgrave made his challenge fully two furlongs from home.

Martyn Meade’s Barley was the last to challenge and showed a smart turn of foot, but a photograph showed he had just failed by a short head.

The race is named after John Gosden’s brilliant Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc winner Golden Horn, who made a wining debut in the contest in 2014, and last year’s winner also won the Derby as well as the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes this summer.

Cosgrave told Racing TV: “He had a nice run the first day and he’s probably improved.

“He had a tough draw today. I had to come three wide but I knew he’d stay well.

“I was probably there plenty soon enough but I had no chance to go, when I did nothing could take me any further.

“He did it the hard way, he’s got a good heart. I couldn’t fault him. He’s well-made, I’m sure he’ll be OK next year and while he’s not overly big, he’s big enough to train on.

“I like him, he could have got beat when the second came to him but he stuck it out good.”

Eldar Eldarov delights Varian with taking Nottingham debut

Roger Varian is looking forward to seeing how Eldar Eldarov progresses after the two-year-old made an impressive debut at Nottingham.

The well-bred son of Dubawi turned a maiden over an extended mile into a procession as he swept five lengths clear of his nearest rival to have the Newmarket trainer excited about 2021.

It has yet to be decided if Eldar Eldarov runs again this season but Varian has not been in a hurry with this colt, who cost £480,000 at the breeze ups in May after bring sold for £110,000 as a yearling.

“He’s a nice horse in the making, He’s got a big pedigree, he’s bred for middle distances and he looks a nice prospect looking ahead to next year,” said Varian.

“He’s a horse who has improved as the year has gone on and the family get better with age. He’s not been a horse we’ve been in a rush with. He was ready for his debut and made a very pleasing one.

“There are no immediate plans. I don’t even know if he will run again this year, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race and go from there.

“He’s only won a maiden and won it nicely. He’s one of those horse we’ll look forward to next year and see how he winters.

“I think he will stay middle distances – 10 furlongs, maybe 12 furlongs. The pedigree would suggest that and the way he galloped out after the line would suggest that too.”

Buick halves deficit in title race with Nottingham double

William Buick kept the pressure on Oisin Murphy as a double at Nottingham cut the champion’s lead to two with three days of the jockeys’ title race remaining.

Murphy – who drew a blank from six rides – remains on 150 with Buick on 148 after his brace through Zebelle and Raasel from a full book of eight mounts.

Neither jockey had bothered the judge the sixth race – but the title race burst back into life with a stirring ride from Buick on Zebelle (13-2) in the Anderson Green Nursery Handicap.

The George Boughey-trained youngster was outpaced for the first part of the five-furlong dash, but came strong in the closing stages. Produced in the centre of the course, Zebelle responded to Buick’s urgings to record a crucial win by two and a quarter lengths.

William Buick strikes on Zebelle in the Anderson Green Nursery Handicap
William Buick strikes on Zebelle in the Anderson Green Nursery Handicap (Tim Goode/PA)

“They went very fast and she was outpaced. She’s very genuine and handled that ground well and came home with a wet sail,” Buick told Racing TV.

“I’ve had chances all day so hopefully I can keep going.”

Buick only had to wait 35 minutes to close the gap further as Raasel (13-8 favourite) extended his winning streak to three in the Persimmon Homes Handicap.

Mick Appleby’s in-form four-year-old, a winner at Goodwood and over this five furlongs, stayed on strongly to lead inside the final furlong and deny Wrenthorpe by half a length.

Paddy Power cut Buick to 11-10 from 7-4 for the title, with Murphy pushed out to 4-6 favourite from 4-9. Coral have Murphy at 8-11 and Buick at evens.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “This reminds me so much of the titanic struggle between Paul Hanagan and Richard Hughes in 2010 and punters continue to want William, who well and truly possesses the momentum at present.”

Coral’s David Stevens said: “Although time is running out for William Buick, he continues to narrow the gap on Oisin Murphy, and as a result is now evens – the shortest odds he’s ever been – to win a first championship.

The two protagonists square up again on Thursday as they are both in action at Chelmsford.

Elsewhere on the card, Eldar Eladarov (13-8 favourite) looked an exciting prospect when running away with division two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes over an extended mile.

The Roger Varian-trained colt, who cost £480,000 at the breeze-ups, strung out the opposition in the closing stages under David Egan to beat Janoobi by five lengths, with Clear Day another five lengths back in third.

Eldar Eldarov was an impressive winner on his debut
Eldar Eldarov was an impressive winner on his debut (Tim Goode/PA)

Egan said: “Coming back from the breeze-ups it probably took a while to chill him out, but he’s matured throughout the year and I can only see a horse like him getting better as a three-year-old.”

Glentaneous (5-1) was an emphatic winner of the Kier Construction Handicap for trainer Brian Meehan.

The three-year-old, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, drew clear in the final furlong to take the feature race by three and three-quarter lengths from Sandyman.

Atzeni said: “It was never in any doubt. He jumped, we had a nice draw and he travelled good into the race.

“When I let him down he kept on lengthening all the way to the line. When I looked up at the screen I couldn’t believe how far clear he was. He won quite nicely and liked the ground.”

Delight for Easterby with Nottingham double sealing seasonal best

Tim Easterby enjoyed a red-letter day at Nottingham as stormed past his previous best of 126 winners in a year with a double on Jockey Club Grassroots Series Finals day.

Matty Too gave the Great Habton trainer his 127th success of 2021 in the Nursery Handicap Final, before Ava Go Joe led home a 1-2-3 for the North Yorkshire stable in the Sprint Handicap Final. Both winners were in the colours of owner Brian Valentine and partner.

Easterby completed an across-the-card treble when Eye Knee (10-1) won at Catterick.

“It’s fantastic. We’ve had a great year and been really lucky. We’ve got a really good team, some nice horses and great owners. It’s been good,” said William Easterby, assistant to his father.

“Art Power was phenomenal the other day and Winter Power was the highlight of the season in the Nunthorpe, but it’s not just about the big winners – having any winner is nice and for the owners.”

Matty Too’s was an appropriate triumph as the two-year-old is by Mattmu, a former stable star with two Group successes and a Great St Wilfrid win to his name.

Like the Easterby team, Matty Too (4-1) has been consistent all year and was always prominent as he swept to a second career victory, by a length and a half from Magic Warrior.

“That was really good and he’s by Mattmu which is great. We bought him as a foal and he’s got a lot of his dad in him, and he enjoyed the ground,” said William Easterby.

“I think a bit of cut in the ground was the main thing that has helped him today and it’s great to have a go at some good money somewhere. We hoped he’d run well.

“Winning one of these races can make a big difference to an owner’s year.”

Ava Go Joe (11-2 favourite) would not be denied as he held his two stablemates at bay by three-quarters of a length and the same in the hands of Duran Fentiman.

“That was really good. You can’t beat that,” said Easterby.

“East Street Revue (third) is an old hero so you’re always hopeful about him, Ava Go Joe improved for cut in the ground and Wade’s Magic (second) has been running well all year. It’s a great result.”

Howzer Black (11-1), trained by Keith Dalgleish, rallied in game fashion for Callum Rodriguez to hold Natchez Trace by a short head in the Jockey Club Grassroots Series Middle Distance Final Handicap.

Rodriquez said: “He’s been in top form all year and keeps coming out and winning.

“He’s so tough and genuine it takes a good one to pass him. When one comes he just sticks his head out and doesn’t let them by.”

Idilico warded off the attentions of Haizmoom to spring a 25-1 surprise in the Stayers’ Handicap Final for trainer Ian Williams and jockey David Egan.

The six-year-old got home by a head with Forever William a neck away in a tight finish to the mile-and-three-quarter contest.

“The race panned out for him today. They went a nice strong gallop and he was able to get cover,” said Egan.

“He was doing his best work at the end and hit the front close to the line. It was a good performance for a horse of his rating to win a race with that prize money.”

Meredif (7-2 favourite) showed the benefit of her experience to run out a ready winner of the SME Graduate Employment www.sme-graduates.co.uk EBF Slip Anchor Maiden Stakes.

The Owen Burrows-trained filly bounded clear in the final furlong to beat True Icon by half a length under David Probert.

Burrows said: “She’s a filly we’ve always thought a bit of. It went wrong at Wolverhampton first time, but she showed a bit more promise a couple of months ago here.

“I just felt at home she has been a bit more relaxed the last month and that has helped her strengthen physically. She did that well today.

“We’ll see what mark she gets now, she how she comes out of it and take it from there.”

The Mick Appleby-trained Raasel backed up his win at Goodwood a week ago with a gutsy display to take the racingtv.com Handicap.

James Doyle kept the 4-7 favourite up to his work to beat Not On Your Nellie by three-quarters of a length.

“The plan was always Goodwood and then this if he came out of that race fine,” said Chris Dixon, of owners The Horse Watchers.

“His form in the past has been best when fresh. I think he could be quite a nice sprinter. He’s had a few issues, but if he stays in one piece he could progress quite a bit.”

The two divisions of the EBF Oh So Sharp Maiden Fillies’ Stakes went to the Clive Cox-trained Cape Diver (12-1) and Ed Dunlop’s Hanaady (22-1) respectively.

Fellowes all smiles after Bryon Hill triumph

Byron Hill put the smile back on Charlie Fellowes’ face with a narrow victory in the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Colwick Cup Handicap at Nottingham.

Just an hour earlier the Newmarket handler felt he was hard done by when San Francisco Bay was demoted to second place at Wolverhampton for causing interference to the head runner-up Oh Great.

But all was well again after Byron Hill (100-30) grabbed long-time leader Speedo Bay to take the feature by a nose in the hands of Louis Steward.

“We’ve had one at Wolverhampton win and get turned over for little interference, so I was dreading getting beaten a nose,” said Fellowes.

“He’s a big horse. I’ve loved him from the day I bought him, but he’s been a project. The owners have been so patient and we have taken our time and he’s now starting to blossom.

“I was a bit concerned about the two miles because there is quite a lot of speed on his dam’s side. He’s not guaranteed to stay, even though he’s by Kingston Hill, but he stayed that no problem. He’s only going to get better.

“No immediate plans, maybe if he improved enough the Cesarewitch possibly. He might just stay further.”

However, there was a price to pay for Steward, as he was banned for nine days for using his whip above the permitted level. He was suspended from August 27 to September 4.

Bashkirova (6-1) looked a potentially smart filly with an eyecatching success on her belated debut in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Maiden Stakes.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old lost several lengths at the start, but made stealthy progress under Cieren Fallon in the long straight to wear down 2-5 favourite Diamil and prevail by a neck.

“She’s a big strong filly and did everything right today, just what you want on her first start,” said Fallon.

“Her class has prevailed. She’s hit the ground quite hard. She’s got a knee action, but has plenty of ability. She’s very honest and tries for you. She’s very well bred and she’ll be suited by a step up in trip.”

Paul Mulrennan kept his daughter Scarlet happy after getting True Scarlet home in the MansionBet Extra Places Fillies’ Handicap.

The 7-2 shot squeezed through a gap on the far rail to nail Babindi by a neck, to give the jockey his first winner for trainer Ed Walker.

“Fair play to the filly she pulled it out of the bag. She showed a great attitude and the split came at the right time,” said Mulrennan.

“She actually lost both front shoes, so fair play to her.”

He added: “When I was having my cornflakes this morning my daughter Scarlet was saying ‘you’ve got to ride a winner now dad’. Happy days.”

Adam O’Shea came from out of the clouds on My Brother Mike to land his first career success in the AJA Novice Flat Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap.

The 25-1 outsider, trained by John Stimpson, was produced from way off the pace to win by a length and a quarter from Jeddeyd.

“It was always the plan just to hold on to him for as long as I could and about a furlong out the plan was to kick and go. They went fairly quick early, which helped me massively, so I just settled him and got him into a lovely rhythm,” said O’Shea.

“That was my first winner and it was just brilliant. It’s a massive moment for me and I’m just lost for words. I’ll remember that for a long time.”

Snooze N You Lose (15-2) built on her for her first run five weeks ago to get off the mark in the MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Trainer Karl Burke felt the daughter of Ribchester had learnt plenty from Newbury, where she was down the field, and she proved too strong for 4-5 favourite Serenity, scoring by a length under Jason Hart.

Jonny Peate took his tally to nine in his first season riding when steering Glorious Rio (9-4 favourite) to victory in the MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap.

The 7lb apprentice, attached to Mark Johnston’s stable, timed his run to perfection on Stella Barclay’s four-year-old to collar Zoom Star close home and get the verdict by a length and a quarter.

Dropping down to five furlongs for the first time worked the oracle for Mejthaam (100-30) in the MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap.

The Charlie Hills-trained filly made all under Ben Curtis to win by two lengths from Fantasy Master.

Veteran Danzeno delivers in Nottingham feature

Danzeno showed his younger rivals the way with with a hard-fought victory in the It Pays To Buy Irish EBF Conditions Stakes at Nottingham.

Mick Appleby’s evergreen 10-year-old got the better of his four opponents in the closing stages to register the ninth success of his career.

Dubai Station made the early running with Motagally and Tarboosh close up and Danzeno looking to have plenty do at one stage.

However, he found another gear when switched to the far side by 3lb claimer Ray Dawson. Asserting in the final half-furlong, Danzeno (9-4) got home by half a length from Dubai Station.

“It was good to get his head back in front again,” said Appleby.

“He’s not up to these big sprint handicaps any more. The problem is he has to stand in the stalls for so long and he’s not very good in the stalls. With these smaller fields he’s not in them as long.”

Danzeno showed he was still a fighting force just a few days after his 12-year-old stablemate, fellow sprinter Caspian Prince, was retired.

“He’s probably got another year in him, or two,” added Appleby.

“We’ll probably try to find another conditions race for him. They suit him.”

Aristobulus overcame a slow start to make it two wins from three starts in the Moorgate Training Nursery Handicap.

Dropped back to six furlongs after being beaten over seven on his previous start, the James Ferguson-trained youngster appeared late on the scene to land the spoils.

The 9-4 favourite was patiently ridden by Daniel Muscutt, who produced the Adaay colt on the far side of the track to lead inside the final furlong and win by three and three-quarter lengths from International Boy.

“With a bit of ease in the ground today he couldn’t have done it much better,” said Ferguson.

“He was still a little bit green in front and this experience can only bring him on. He was the least experienced horse in the field and if he can build on that, he could have a bit of a future. Hopefully he can progress.

“I may be forced to run him next week, depending on what the handicapper decides to do, but he’s a big boy and whatever he does and whatever plan is made for this year, we need to have next year in mind as he looks a three-year-old rather than a two-year-old. He doesn’t need to do too much more.”

David Probert achieved his fastest century with victory on Typewriter (13-8 favourite) in the IRE Incentive Scheme EBF Restricted Novice Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s filly opened her account at the third attempt by seeing off the persistent challenge of Flaming Lord by a length.

“It is great to reach 100 winners. It is great to get aboard one of Andrew’s as the yard has been in great form,” said Probert.

“It has been a great season so far and I’ve been lucky enough to sit on some nice horses along the way. 

“I’ve never done it this early in a year before, so to reach it in August is a great achievement and a feather in my cap. Hopefully there is more to come.”

Of Typewriter, Probert added: “She gallops well. Last time at Goodwood the seven furlongs was sharp enough for her. She got a little bit off her feet early on but stayed on well and hit the line nicely.
 
“The step up to a mile suited her nicely. She is nice filly with a good temperament and hopefully she will go on to better things.”

Gentleman At Arms (6-1) put up a spirited staying performance under the steadier of 10st 5lb to land the Dave Gee 50th Birthday Handicap.

Jim Crowley managed to get the Harry Dunlop-trained four-year-old to the far rail from his wide draw to lead and he kept pulling out more when challenged in the long home straight to score by half a length from Yagood.

Paul Midgley’s Latin Five (7-2) won for the only second time in 24 starts when hanging on from Boudica Bay in the Moorgate Drink Drive Rs Handicap under Kevin Stott while Secret Potion (11-1) denied Shamarouski by a short head for trainer Ron Harris and jockey Trevor Whelan.

Don’t Joke (12-1), trained by Ruth Carr, had the last laugh when getting off the mark at the 21st attempt in the concluding muktubs.co.uk Apprentice Handicap under Aiden Brookes.

Crowley chalks up Nottingham double for Shadwell

Jim Crowley took the riding honours at Nottingham with a double on Asadjumeirah and Taraashoq for his retained owners Shadwell Estate.

The former champion jockey had just one winner at Royal Ascot last week, compared to six in 2020, but his two at Colwick Park showed he has plenty of ammunition provided by Shadwell.

Both his winners gave the impression more success may well come their way.

Asadjumeirah (5-1) appreciated the step up to six furlongs to register a second career success in the Watch Irish Racing On RacingTV Handicap.

Taking on six older rivals, the Owen Burrows-trained three-year-old suggested he was on the upgrade with this victory on his third start this term.

Strongbowe, the 11-10 favourite and 2lb well in despite a 5lb penalty, could not get to the winner – who prevailed by half a length.

Crowley said: “Physically he has done well. I rode him here two runs ago (in April), and even between then and now he feels like he has done well.

“Last year he wasn’t much to sit on. He was a scrawny little thing, but he’s filling into a nice horse now. It was nice to get his head in front – the step up to six suited him. Before, he wasn’t strong enough to get home over six – but he is now.

“That was a good performance for him. He’s going in the right direction, and I hope he can continue to progress.”

Taraashoq could finish only fifth behind the exciting Baaeed, in the same colours, at Leicester on his reappearance – but he had no trouble in getting off the mark in the Bet At racingtv.com Novice Stakes.

Jim Crowley was in double-winning form at Nottingham
Jim Crowley was in double-winning form at Nottingham (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

William Haggas’ 9-4 favourite led a furlong out and galloped on strongly to hold Mo’assess by a length and a half.

Crowley said: “I was very pleased – they went a nice gallop.

“He was always doing enough – and he lost a front shoe, which probably didn’t help him. You can always tell when they lose a shoe. It’s like letting air out of a tyre.

“His pedigree says he’ll get a bit further, no problems. He looks a nice type of horse, and that race at Leicester looks good.

“I’ve not had chance to ride Baaeed this year. But he set some very good fractions at Newmarket last time, and he looks very exciting.”

South Audley (14-1) reaped the benefit of his racecourse experience to get off the mark on his third start in the racing.com Restricted Maiden Stakes.

South Audley after opening his account in a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham
South Audley after opening his account in a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham (Keith Hamer/PA)

The Richard Hannon-trained youngster made his debut early this month, and was then third at Lingfield 10 days ago.

He put that to good use to comfortably defeat 6-5 favourite Last Hoorah by two and a quarter lengths, in the hands of Pat Dobbs.

“It’s a big step forward from his first two runs,” said the winning jockey.

“He’s always shown a fair amount of ability at home. He’ll get better as he gets stronger. I don’t think he needs to go further.”

Injazati (6-4 favourite) confirmed the promise of his two previous runs to open his account in pleasing fashion in the racingtv.com Novice Stakes, under Louis Steward.

The Charlie Fellowes-trained colt was always close to the pace set by Diavolo,, before going on in the final furlong and scoring by a length and a quarter.

“He’s a horse I’ve held in high regard at home,” said Steward.

“He’s been working well, but it’s just been about of getting him to run his race the right way. He’s still very raw.

Injazati reurns to the winner's enclosure after his success in a 10-furlong novice stakes
Injazati reurns to the winner’s enclosure after his success in a 10-furlong novice stakes (Keith Hamer/PA)

“We didn’t go much of a gallop, and he was caught on heels a few times. When I pulled him out it took him half a furlong to get into top gear – but when he did, he really took off.”

Favourite backers were rewarded when Dickens was awarded the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap following a stewards’ inquiry.

The 9-4 shot, trained by Alan King and ridden by David Probert, was beaten a nose by 28-1 outsider Muhalhel – but the officials deemed interference had taken place and reversed the placings.

Mulhalhel’s jockey Kieran O’Neill was banned for two days (July 8 and 11) for careless riding.

Tyler Heard was seen to good effect when taking the Farewell And Thank You Steve Jeffries Handicap on Boudica Bay (100-30 favourite) for trainer Eric Alston.

Steel An Icon (5-1) completed a four-timer in the Racing TV Extra ‘Hands N Heels’ Apprentice Handicap. He has provided winning jockey Rose Dawes with all three of her career victories so far.

Dakota completes quickfire double with Rous strike

Dakota Gold claimed his second big-race success in the space of five days with a dominant display in the rearranged Rous Stakes at Nottingham.

Winner of the five-furlong Listed contest at Ascot last season, the six-year-old was declared to defend his crown in Berkshire earlier this month, only for the meeting to be called off due to a waterlogged track.

As fate would have it, Ascot’s abandonment worked in Dakota Gold’s favour, as both the Rous Stakes and the Bengough Stakes were saved from the same fixture and the Michael Dods-trained sprinter has ended up winning both.

Having claimed a first win at Group Three level in the rescheduled Bengough at York last Saturday, the gelded son of Equiano was the 7-4 favourite to give weight and a beating to his rivals in Listed company.

Soon bowling in front under his regular partner Connor Beasley, Dakota Gold completely outclassed his rivals, coming home three and a half lengths clear of Aljady.

Dods said: “That soft ground helps him and five furlongs suits him, so he could really force it today. Over six furlongs, like at York the other day, you have to sort of steady him, but over five you just go.

“I thought he was quite impressive really. He’s a very tough horse and Connor gets on well with him.”

The Darlington-based trainer decided against a shot at Group One glory with his charge in the Prix de l’Abbaye earlier this month, but hopes he might be able to make his mark at the highest level in 2021.

He added: “He has his restrictions as my wife Carole has to load him, so it would have been a bit awkward to take him to France with all the travel restrictions and everything. That is what put us off, but he’s certainly not getting slower with age – he’s improving.

“I’m not sure if he’ll run again this year, I’ll have to discuss it with the owners. He’s had a great season, so even if we don’t run him again this year, we can look forward to next year with him.

“The ground is the key to him. He ran on faster ground earlier in the year and he’s just not the same horse, but his natural speed on soft ground just burns horses off, without actually being pushed to do it.”

Irish Legend delights Palmer with winning start at Nottingham

Hugo Palmer sees Irish Legend as a horse for the future after the two-year-old colt made a winning debut at Nottingham.

The son of Sea The Stars is related to Palmer’s 2015 Irish Oaks heroine Covert Love and the Newmarket handler hopes Irish Legend can develop into a smart performer in his own right after getting his career off to the perfect start.

Sent off the 7-4 favourite for the British EBF Oath Maiden Stakes over an extended mile, Irish Legend joined the leader Royal Touch over a furlong out and was able to assert close home to score by a neck in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

“He’s a lovely horse and I hope he’s got a bright future,” said Palmer.

“He’s related to Covert Love who was our first top-class horse and we keep dreaming he can be one too.

“He’s very much next year’s horse. We’re running out of year a bit.”

Even so, Palmer will consider whether to give Irish Legend a second outing this term.

“Whether we go again under a penalty or have a look at the Silver Tankard at Pontefract would all be possibilities,” he said.

“The temptation to put him away and give us something to dream about over the winter would be strong too, but we’ll see how he takes the race. He’s done well today in testing ground. We’ll just see.”

He added: “I think he’ll stay well and will get a mile and a half. I know he’s out of an Invincible Spirit mare but her sister stayed well and Seas The Stars is a good influence for stamina, as we know.”

Mishal Star sparkles at Nottingham

Mishal Star may have earned the chance to tackle Listed company after continuing her progression with a ready success in the Download The Star Sports App Jockey Club Nursery Handicap at Nottingham.

Trainer Tom Ward is to choose between either the Radley Stakes at Newbury or the Bosra Sham Stakes at Newmarket for the daughter of first-season sire Mehmas.

She had shown promise on her debut at Newbury when fourth to subsequent Group One winner Alcohol Free, before getting off the mark with a convincing four-length success at Kempton.

Mishal Star (11-4 favourite) showed she was on the upgrade when leading a furlong from home and crossing the line a length and a half clear of Temple Bruer in the hands of Harry Bentley.

Ward said: “We’ve always thought a lot of the filly.

“She went and did it nicely at Kempton the other day – and she won today, despite the track and the way she did it.

“I don’t think she handled Nottingham too well – but she is a pretty smart filly and couldn’t have done it any easier, despite everything.

“She’s definitely up to stepping up in class now, and I think we’ll have a lot of fun with this filly.

“There are a couple of options in the pipeline – possibly either the Radley at Newbury or the Bosra Sham at Newmarket towards the end of the season.

“I’d like to get a bit of black type for her if we can. She’s worthy of it, and all she is doing is improving every time she runs.”

Bentley completed a double thanks to a spare ride on Mokaatil (16-1) for trainer Ian Williams in the Call Star Sports On 08000521321 Handicap over the same six furlongs.

Replacing Richard Kingscote, Bentley got the five-year-old to assert in the closing stages to land the competitive sprint by three-quarters of a length from Rock Boy Grey.

Fantasy Master was an 80-1 shocker for punters when stepping up considerably on his two previous starts – for which he went off at even bigger odds – as he opened his account in the EBF Slip Anchor Maiden Stakes.

Mick Appleby’s son of Sepoy was slowly away and stumbled on a couple of occasions, yet was still able to get up close home to win by half a length under Tom Marquand.

Appleby had expected an improved performance from Fantasy Master, but admitted he could not visualise him actually winning.

He said: “He did it well – he’s a nice horse but he took a bit of time to come to hand.

“He’s a bit green still, but will be a nice three-year-old.

“I thought he would run well, because he had been working really well. I did think he’d go well, but I didn’t expect him to win.”