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Shining Blue stays unbeaten with Newcastle victory

Shining Blue gave another idea of what the future may hold when extending his unbeaten record to three in the Jenningsbet Seaton Delaval Handicap at Newcastle.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained four-year-old was unraced at two and three, but is quickly making up for lost time.

He made a taking winning debut at Leicester before following up under a penalty at Ripon.

Starting life in handicaps off a mark of 94, which could hardly be said to be lenient, he had no trouble in disposing of some useful rivals under Danny Tudhope, winning at 8-13 by a length and a half.

“He’s a nice horse and he’s improving with every race,” said Bin Suroor.

“Today he won well, I thought he had improved from what I had seen at home and he was clear at the end. I’ve always liked him.

“That was his third run, he might just have an easy time now before we look for another race for him. He’s a horse for the future and I don’t want to put too much pressure on him, just let him find himself.

“There are no plans. He’s won a handicap there so maybe we’ll look at a Listed race next. He’ll probably be rated around 100 after that.

“Danny rode him well, he had ridden him once before so he knew him. The pace suited him today so he looks a nice horse.”

Shining Blue holds entries in the Group Two Lennox Stakes and the Golden Mile at Goodwood, but Bin Suroor was in no rush to commit either way.

“A mile looks his trip for now but in the future maybe he can go further, he might get a mile and a quarter. He showed speed there but the way he works he could go 10 furlongs,” he said.

“He’s got entries at Goodwood, but I want to see how he is in a week. If he’s fresh and happy we might look at them, but if not we’ll ease off before looking for another race.”

Lion Of War looks an exciting prospect
Lion Of War looks an exciting prospect (Tim Goode/PA)

Elsewhere on the card, the Mark and Charlie Johnston-trained Lion Of War almost certainly earned himself a step up in class a facile success in the Pertemps Riverside Restricted Novice Stakes.

Running in the Qatar Racing colours and a son of the late Roaring Lion, Cieren Fallon’s mount powered clear and was eased markedly in winning by 10 lengths as the 8-11 favourite.

Bin Suroor looking to Wolferton Stakes with Shining Blue

Shining Blue is likely to be seen next in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot having maintained his unbeaten record at Ripon.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the son of Exceed And Excel won on his debut at Leicester just 10 days ago having been unraced as a two- and three-year-old.

He created such an impression that day, though, when winning unchallenged by two and a half lengths, that there was a degree of attention on his second outing.

It was far from a penalty kick, as he was giving a stone to Sir Michael Stoute’s promising Kiteflyer – with some in the field getting almost double that.

Awkward from the stalls, apprentice Stefano Cherchi soon bustled him up to make the running where the 4-6 chance was keen and doing a little too much.

Once into the home straight he began to look uncomfortable on the Ripon ridges, too, and while Kiteflyer proved disappointing back in third, David O’Meara’s newcomer Time Quest pushed him all the way, eventually going down by just a neck.

“He’s a nice horse and he’s improving all the time,” said Bin Suroor.

“He won well first time and despite not liking the track – I could tell by his action – he’s done well to win again.

“He was very keen early, but he still won. He’s clearly improving and now we have some options.

“We’ll look for the Listed race at Ascot over 10 furlongs maybe, that might be the race for him.

“He’s quite a big horse and you could see the track didn’t suit him today, Ascot is much flatter and he will like that better.”

As for why he did not make his debut until this year Bin Suroor added: “He was just weak, it was that more than anything really.

“He hadn’t been showing much at home until March, then he started improving.”

Cherchi said: “He was a bit keen and this track wasn’t the best for him, but he’s still won.

“Mr Bin Suroor was keen for me to give him a race today so that when he steps up in class he knows a bit more. He had plenty left.

“I’m sure he’s got a bright future ahead, he’s the best horse I’ve ridden anyway.”