Tim Easterby remains keen to have a crack at the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot with Winter Power despite her disappointing return to action at Haydock on Saturday.
The King Power Racing-owned four-year-old won three times at York last season, including a Group One triumph in the Nunthorpe in August.
And while she subsequently failed to fire in either the Flying Five at the Curragh or the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp, hopes were high ahead of her reappearance in the Group Two Temple Stakes.
But after racing prominently for much of the five-furlong contest, Winter Power weakened tamely and passed the post eighth of the 10 runners, with Easterby putting the performance down to a lack of match fitness.
“She’s fine. She’s come out of it sound and well,” said the North Yorkshire-based trainer.
“She just had a blow and needed the race, but she seems all right.
“That (King’s Stand) is the idea.”
When asked if Winter Power could run again before the Royal meeting, Easterby added: “I wouldn’t have thought so, but you never know.”
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Nunthorpe heroine Winter Power is the star attraction in the Cazoo Temple Stakes at Haydock.
Tim Easterby’s flying filly won three times over the straight five furlongs at York last summer, completing the hat-trick with a blistering display in Group One company in high summer.
She subsequently failed to fire in Ireland and also disappointed in a Prix de l’Abbaye run on bottomless ground in October.
With rain forecast on Merseyside conditions are likely to be on the soft side again for Winter Power’s four-year-old debut, but connections are optimistic about her chances nonetheless.
Alastair Donald, racing manager for owners King Power Racing, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing her back and this was the obvious race to go for.
“She ran on soft ground in the Abbaye, but I think we can forgive that run and as a two-year-old she won three times on soft, so we’re not too worried about the ground.
“She’s a very quick filly and it’s almost about reining in the speed sometimes – a few times she’s ran with the choke out a little bit.
“But I think in the slower ground it might just be able to keep her in a good rhythm early on, rather than going too quick.
“Tim is very pleased with her and says she’s bigger and stronger now, so fingers crossed we can look forward to getting her back to her best.”
Came From The Dark has already won three times at Haydock and is a leading contender for Ed Walker.
The six-year-old finished down the field on his reappearance in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, but Walker is hopeful a return to Merseyside will reignite the fire.
“Came From The Dark loves Haydock. We were very disappointed with his comeback run but he’s capable of throwing in a dud every now and again, so hopefully he can bounce back,” said the Lambourn handler.
“He’s in good form and this was always the target. My guys have done a brilliant job with him and they’ve got him back to soundness and in good form, so I think we’re on the straight and narrow.
“He’s fit, well and sound so hopefully we can get back on track.”
Ed Bethell’s Moss Gill has not managed to get his head in front in almost two years, but has filled the runner-up spot in four of his last six starts.
Ahead of his stable star’s first outing since September, Bethell said: “I’m very happy with him and he’s been training good coming into the race.
“We’ve all got a tall order taking on Winter Power, but someone’s got to do it and we’re on better terms than we were when we finished second to her in a Listed race at York last year.
“Obviously she’s improved and we’re now a six-year-old, so I’m under no illusions it’s a tough task, but at the same time we’re the joint second highest-rated in the race and he deserves to be there.
“As far as I’m concerned he’s as consistent a sprinter as you can find and fingers crossed he’ll run a massive race.”
Karl Burke has declared a trio of runners in Last Crusader, White Lavender and Attagirl.
Last Crusader appears the trainer’s main hope following an impressive display in the Westow Stakes at York last week, but his participation is ground dependent.
“We’re running him back a little bit quick after York, but there are not a lot of options over five furlongs for him in Group races, so as long as the ground doesn’t go on the slow side of good, and it does seem to be drying out there (Haydock), we’ll send him. If any rain came he could be a late scratch, but I think we’ll be going with him,” said Burke.
“I think he’s a high-class horse and a horse that has a great future and we’re not running for the sake of it, we’re running because there’s a lack of opportunities at five furlongs. He’s a lovely horse for the future and I’m sure he’ll be winning Group races later.”
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Tim Easterby’s star sprinter Winter Power is due to start her season in the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
The King Power-owned filly was three times a winner at York last season, taking the Westow and City Walls Stakes, both Listed races, before landing the Group One Nunthorpe in August.
Beaten runs in the Curragh’s Flying Five and ParisLongchamp’s Prix de l’Abbaye followed, after which the daughter of Bungle Inthejungle embarked on a winter away from the track that is due to end when she lines up at Haydock.
“She is great form at home, she’s doing really well,” Easterby said.
“She’s entered in the Temple and that’s where she’ll run, all being well.”
Winter Power was one of 14 horses left in the Temple Stakes at Monday’s confirmation stage, with Karl Burke giving Last Crusader the option of turning out quickly after winning at York last week.
Henry Candy looks set to saddle Twilight Calls, who impressed on his reappearance at Newmarket but could finish only fifth on his return to the Rowley Mile for the Palace House Stakes next time.
Chris Richardson, managing director for owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “He came out of that race (Palace House) very well, things didn’t quite go our way. All the pace was on the far side and we slightly got carried left in the final stages of the race and he was never able to get in the mix.
“We’ll stick with the plan and have a go at Haydock. I don’t know what rain they’ve had up there, but the quicker the ground the better for him.”
Other contenders include Palace House Stakes winner Khaadem, whose trainer Charlie Hills won back-to-back renewals of this race with the brilliant Battaash in 2018 and 2019, and the Queen’s King’s Lynn from Andrew Balding’s yard.
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Tim Easterby confirmed Art Power will head for the Qipco British Champions Sprint after he demolished the opposition in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh.
The four-year-old grey, owned by King Power Racing, opened his account for the season with a five-length romp in the six-furlong Group Three on Saturday.
He will now try to better his creditable performance last autumn, when he was only beaten a length in fourth place behind Glen Shiel, in the Group One contest at Ascot on October 16 .
“It was a very good performance in Ireland and he’s come out of it really well,” said Easterby.
“He’s in good order and he goes to Ascot next time. He ran well last year.”
Easterby believes the key to Art Power is for him to be ridden with restraint.
“He just wants riding with a bit of patience. That’s what he wants and he could win anything,” the Great Habton trainer added.
Easterby reported his other crack sprinter, Winter Power, to be in fine shape ahead of the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
“She’s in great form and goes to the Prix Abbaye,” he said.
“With a bit of luck she can repeat her Nunthorpe performance in France.”
Winter Power put up a blistering display to land York’s five-furlong showpiece by a length and a quarter from subsequent Haydock Sprint Cup scorer Emaraaty Ana, but disappointed in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month after running too free in the early stages.
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Nunthorpe heroine Winter Power bids to double her Group One tally in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Tim Easterby’s rapid filly successfully graduated to the highest level with a brilliant display on the Knavesmire last month, comfortably getting the better of subsequent Sprint Cup winner Emaraaty Ana.
Just as he was at York, Brazilian rider Silvestre de Sousa will be on board in Ireland and is relishing the challenge.
He said: “It will be nice to ride her again. I haven’t sat on her since the Nunthorpe.
“She was very good at York. Obviously this is a different track as York is a very easy five furlongs and the Curragh is stiffer.
“She has won at Newmarket, but obviously that was in a much lower grade than what she will be running in this weekend.
“If she turns up in the same form she was at York, she should be competitive anyway.
“She’s entitled to be there.”
The biggest threat to Winter Power could be fellow Yorkshire raider Glass Slippers, who defends her Flying Five crown for Kevin Ryan.
Following her victory of 12 months ago, the daughter of Dream Ahead went on to finish second in the Prix de l’Abbaye before winning at the Breeders’ Cup meeting.
The five-year-old has only run once so far this season – finishing a promising third in the King George Stakes at Goodwood in July.
“She’s declared and is going there in great form. We’re looking forward to running her,” said Ryan.
“It’s a Group One, so it’s going to be a strong race.
“This has always been the plan for her, so fingers crossed.”
Archie Watson’s ultra-consistent colt Dragon Symbol will take on Winter Power once again with Oisin Murphy on board.
“I can’t wait. He’s freshened up very well and it looks the right race for him. He’s drawn beside Winter Power and I hope he can turn the tables,” said Murphy.
The David Evans-trained Rohaan and Karl Burke’s Royal Ascot winner Significantly complete a formidable British challenge.
“He’s in great form. It’s a big ask, it’s one of the strongest renewals I’ve seen of this race. But he’s only a three-year-old, we’ll let him take his chance and I’m sure we’ve got a good sprinter for next season even if he doesn’t win,” said Burke.
The home team is headed by Joe Murphy’s Gustavus Weston and Mooneista from Jack Davison’s yard.
The latter was last seen running out an impressive winner of the Group Two Sapphire Stakes over the course and distance two months ago.
Davison said: “There’s not a bother on her. Everything is A1 and we’re ready to roll.
“She’s a progressive sprinter who obviously won a Group Two easily last time out.
“We have stronger competition this time around, but we’re looking forward to having a go.”
Colin Keane rides the Ger Lyons-trained Frenetic, who is fitted with blinkers for the first time.
“She was a very good juvenile. She bombed out on her first run of the year in Cork on slow ground, but the boss got her back to produce one of her best performances back in Cork in handicap company, carrying top weight against older horses,” said the rider.
“At Tipperary the last day, she was probably drawn on the wrong side and the ground was a fraction slow where we were. We were probably on the worst ground and she never felt comfortable.
“She’d have to bounce back to her best to be getting involved, but if she did, she’d have every chance.”
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Nunthorpe heroine Winter Power has been given the go-ahead for the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Tim Easterby’s filly was a brilliant winner on the Knavesmire last month – and having reportedly taken those exertions in her stride, she will bid to double her Group One tally at the weekend before being prepared for the Prix de l’Abbaye on the first Sunday in October.
Alastair Donald, racing manager for owners King Power Racing, said: “The plan is to go. She’s well after York and we just thought she might be too fresh if we left her between now and the Abbaye without a run.
“Winning the Nunthorpe was very special for all concerned. She’d threatened to do that – she’s raw speed and that track suits her.
“Having said that, she has won at plenty of other places, including over a stiff five up the hill at Newmarket, so there’s no reason why the Curragh wouldn’t suit.”
Donald confirmed the Abbaye remains on the agenda and that Winter Power will return as a four-year-old next season.
He added: “She’s an exciting prospect and as long as she runs well on Sunday, the Abbaye will be the next step.
“She won’t be going to the Breeders’ Cup. I would be nervous watching her go round a bend! She once went round a bend at Wolverhampton and she got stuffed when she had to run to about 70 to win!
“She’ll be back next year, 100 per cent. Ideally she’ll go Flying Five, Abbaye, make her champion sprinter and then do it all again next year!”
Winter Power was one of 16 sprinters left in the Flying Five following Tuesday’s forfeit stage.
She may have most to fear from a fellow Yorkshire raider in Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers, who won the race 12 months ago before going on to finish second in the Abbaye and win at the Breeders’ Cup.
Archie Watson’s ultra-consistent colt Dragon Symbol is another potential challenger from Britain, while the home team includes Jack Davison’s Mooneista and the Joe Murphy-trained Gustavus Weston.
The Flying Five is the first of four Group One prizes on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, with Classic glory up for grabs in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger.
Dermot Weld’s Search For A Song could bid for a third victory on the one-mile-six-furlong contest, while the Joseph O’Brien-trained Twilight Payment will look to add to his six course wins.
Johnny Murtagh’s Ebor hero Sonnyboyliston also features among the 22 contenders.
The juvenile fillies and colts get their chance to shine at Group One level in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes respectively.
Fourteen fillies remain in the mix for the Moyglare, with Joseph O’Brien’s Debutante Stakes scorer Agartha setting the standard.
The National Stakes throws up an intriguing clash between Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten colt Point Lonsdale and Native Trail, who will bid to provide his trainer Charlie Appleby with a third win in the race following the successive triumphs of Quorto and Pinatubo.
Appleby told www.godolphin.com: “Native Trail’s prep has gone well. It has always been the plan to progress from the Group Two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket to the National Stakes at the Curragh. It’s a well-trodden path for ourselves.”
Hugo Palmer’s Phoenix Stakes winner Ebro River adds further strength in depth.
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No decision has yet been made over impressive Nunthorpe winner Winter Power’s next target.
Tim Easterby’s speedster led her rivals a merry dance at York last week to complete her tremendous progression over the last 12 months.
Her first victory came in a Redcar nursery off a mark of 76 last July, and while she ended her busy juvenile campaign with a victory in the Cornwallis Stakes, she still appeared to have plenty of ground to make up on the best sprinters.
Two victories on the Knavesmire sandwiched a creditable run in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot before her Nunthorpe blitz, and two Group Ones remain in Europe for the five-furlong specialist.
“She’s come out of the Nunthorpe well and she’s in good form,” said Easterby.
“We don’t quite know what the plans are for the rest of the season yet.
“There are two obvious races, the one in Ireland (Flying Five) and the (Prix de) l’Abbaye, but she’s just nicely back from the Nunthorpe so we’ve no idea yet.
“She could run in one or both, I don’t know yet.”
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Winter Power gave a career-best display as she blitzed her way to victory in the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Tim Easterby’s flying machine won for the third time on the Knavesmire this season with a devastating performance over five furlongs, as she defeated strongly-fancied rivals from America and France.
US raider Golden Pal was quickly away for Frankie Dettori from stall one on the far side – but Winter Power was also up with the speed from her draw in six.
Golden Pal’s run petered out disappointingly before the final furlong, but Winter Power (9-1) sustained her gallop for Silvestre de Sousa all the way to the line to win by a length and a quarter.
Emaraaty Anna (40-1) was second, with Dragon Symbol (4-1) half a length away in third.
Suesa, the 9-4 favourite for French trainer Francois Rohaut, was fourth, but Wesley Ward’s Golden Pal was only seventh.
Great Habton-based Easterby – whose family is synonymous with York – said: “As long as we went straight and didn’t mess about, she had a chance.
“We didn’t go anywhere else, we resisted going anywhere but she’s just brilliant, it doesn’t matter where she goes.
“It’s taken a long time to get to a race like this, you have to give them time and you have to be patient.
“With her, she’s just a superstar, you don’t train her and you don’t train her hard.
“When she came up there she was just on her toes a little bit and she needs to settle and not do too much.
“I’m so thrilled for the owners (King Power Racing), the investment that goes into these horses is incredible.”
He added: “We’ll just enjoy today, I’ve never been to Del Mar (Breeders’ Cup), we’ll keep her for this next year.
“You’ve got to get them home and see, even though she’s won easily, she’s had a hard race.”
De Sousa said: “She’s unbelievably fast, when she hits the gates right she’s really good.
“She did that here first time this year and I thought I hadn’t sat on anything as fast as her.
“She was very good, on a track like this she just hit her stride straight away.
“I’m just pleased for the King Power team, they have put so much effort into these races.
“They have a great horse for the future, this is her first Group One so hopefully we can keep it going.
“There were no orders, I spoke to the team who said to keep it simple, which is how I like to ride.
“I was confident, I was riding for the best place possible and trying to win the race.
“She’s in great form and she was the best on the day.
“I could see Frankie, he was in front for the first furlong where she was going too well.”
Kevin Ryan was thrilled with the run of Emaraaty Ana, another horse trained locally.
He said: “The Hamilton race gave him confidence. Passing the two-pole I knew they’d gone hard and it was a question of if they could keep it up as I knew he’d stay on strong.
“Fair do’s to the winner, she’s incredible. She probably hit a brick wall, but it was too close to the line for us.
“Ours is a very good horse. This fellow is as good as I’ve had. He’s probably a better six-furlong horse, we’ve run him over five to get him to relax but it leaves the rest of the season open.
“He’s probably a bit ground dependent and needs it quick, he’s in the Abbaye which might suit but he’s also in at Haydock and Champions Day which could come up as bogs so we’ll see.
“I’m delighted, I was confident he’d run a big one and he has. He’s only young, he’ll get better.”
But a despondent Ward said of Golden Pal: “Frankie said he was waiting for the turn.
“I made no secret of it that I was very confident coming into the race, but the winner ran a tremendous race and we’re disappointed.
“I think so highly of this colt of course I’m disappointed, it just wasn’t his day.
“I still think he’s a tremendous racehorse. We’ll see if any answers come up when we get him back and see what we find. We were just beaten.
“From everything I’ve seen of this colt, he’s just awesome so when he runs a race like today it’s a head scratcher. We’ll see what transpires, I haven’t lost faith in him.”
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Tim Easterby is not afraid of taking on market leaders Golden Pal and Suesa with Winter Power in the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
The three-year-old filly has won twice on the Knavesmire already this season, with her only defeat so far coming in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She had last year’s Nunthorpe third Moss Gill behind her when winning last time out – and Easterby would love nothing more than to win one of the feature races of the season at one of his local tracks, an event last won by the family when his uncle Mick scored with Lochnager in 1976
“She’s in very good order and we know she likes it there,” said Easterby.
“She did a little piece of work on Saturday and went very well. She’s in great form.
“It can’t do any harm that she’s getting the allowances, both of them (age and sex).
“She’s in good form, I can’t wait. She’s fresher than most and I’m as confident as you can be going into a race like that.”
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Winter Power is set to spearhead Tim Easterby’s team for the four-day Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York.
The three-year-old sprinter goes for Group One glory in the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes, having already shown a liking for the Knavesmire.
Winter Power is third-favourite at 6-1 with some bookmakers for the five-furlong dash, after victories in the British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes and the John Smith’s City Walls Stakes this season.
“She is proven over the five furlongs and that’s why she’s going. It’s been the aim all year. She is in great form,” said Easterby.
“This (meeting) is our goal for every horse that we have, really. Everybody up here that owns horses in the north wants to go to York’s August meeting. It’s like the southern lads going to Goodwood or the Newmarket July meeting.”
Easterby, whose stables at Great Habton are only 30 miles from the track, outlined running plans for several other horses from his powerful string, which is already close to 90 winners for the current season.
“We plan to run Copper Knight on the first day, first race (Sky Bet & Symphony Group Handicap). He’ll do for a starter,” he said.
“We have Cruyff Turn – (£100,000 Clipper Logistics heritage handicap, 19 August). He likes fast ground. If Dark Jedi doesn’t get in the Ebor, he’ll run in the mile-and-a-half race (Sky Bet Handicap, August 20).
“Another that will be entered there will be Bollin Joan in a mile-and-a-quarter fillies’ handicap (Assured Data Protection British EBF Fillies’ Handicap, August 20) – she’d have a good chance.
“And we’ve got Fishable that might run on the Saturday in the mile-and-a-quarter race (Sky Bet Handicap, August 21). Whether they win or not, I wouldn’t know.”
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Winter Power is set for a return to the Knavesmire after a blistering performance in the Listed John Smith’s City Walls Stakes at York.
The filly bounced back from an unplaced run in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot to produce a convincing success as 9-4 favourite under David Allan.
The Nunthorpe Stakes is now on the agenda, a Group One test run over the same course and distance in August, but trainer Tim Easterby would like to see the three-year-old rein in her enthusiasm a touch.
“That was pretty impressive,” Easterby said.
“David said he wasn’t in control of her, she was going too quick.
“She’s got to get settled, if she doesn’t settle she won’t get home.
“She won it well, but she has got to settle because she was doing too much.
“She’ll go for the Nunthorpe, whether we’ll go to Goodwood I’m not sure.
“She won’t be short of speed but you’ve got to be in control.”
The victory was the second leg of a York double for both trainer and jockey, who teamed up earlier on the card to take the John Smith’s Nursery Stakes with Atomic Lady.
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Tim Easterby has the major sprint races in mind for his two speedsters Art Power and Winter Power following their creditable efforts in defeat at Royal Ascot.
The Darley July Cup at Newmarket and Newbury’s Hackwood Stakes are among the options for Art Power.
The four-year-old led until the last half-furlong before having to settle for third place behind Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
“He’s come out of it really well. He’s in great form and was bang on, straight after the race,” said Easterby.
As for Art Power’s next target, he added: “Not sure yet – maybe the Hackwood next month, there’s a race for him in Ireland as well.
“There are quite a few options. Or the July Cup, he could go there.”
Winter Power may head to Glorious Goodwood for the King George Qatar Stakes next, having weakened in the closing stages to finish ninth in the King’s Stand Stakes behind Oxted.
The three-year-old filly was sent off 7-1 third favourite for the Group One over five furlongs, following an impressive victory at York on her seasonal debut.
“She came out of the King’s Stand really well,” said Easterby.
“There are lot of obvious options for her over five furlongs – like the King George at Goodwood, the Nunthorpe, the Abbaye at the end of the season.
The North Yorkshire handler has had to put plans on hold, however, for Wells Farhh Go – who suffered a setback following his run in the Yorkshire Cup.
The injury-plagued six-year-old was fourth to Spanish Mission, in his first race for 587 days.
“We just had a little hiccup with him after last time,” said Easterby.
“It’s nothing serious, but we had to just put him on hold a bit again.
“We’ll get there some time – no plans at the moment. It will be an autumn campaign with him.”
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Tim Easterby reports Winter Power in fine shape for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot following her impressive victory at York last month.
The three-year-old filly staked a big claim for sprint honours when running away with the Listed Westow Stakes on the Knavesmire.
She was carrying on where she left off last year, having ended a busy juvenile campaign with a convincing victory in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket.
Easterby said: “She’s in great order, she couldn’t be better.
“She was impressive at York, and she’s impressive all the time.”
The Great Habton trainer also expects Art Power to be at fever pitch for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after he too made his seasonal reappearance at York’s May meeting.
The four-year-old burst on the scene when scoring at Royal Ascot last summer, before going on to win at Group Three level and running creditably in three Group Ones.
The Dark Angel colt blew away the cobwebs when sixth to Starman in the Duke of York Stakes.
“He’s in great form. His race at York has put him right,” said Easterby.
Lampang also booked his place at the Royal meeting when ending a 21-month losing spell at Hamilton on Thursday.
“It was good to see him come back to form. He’s a good horse,” said Easterby.
“He’s in the Wokingham, and there’s the seven-furlong race (Buckingham Palace), but I’d think he’d have to go for the Wokingham.
“He’d have a very good chance. The stiff six furlongs will suit him.”
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Winter Power looks like she is going to have a say in some major sprints this season given the way the three-year-old bolted up in the British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes at York.
Tim Easterby’s filly looked progressive at the end of last season when winning the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket, yet even with that Group Three penalty her rivals did not see which way she went.
She burst out of the stalls and held a big early advantage after three furlongs, when Silvestre de Sousa began to look around to see where the others were.
It soon became apparent that nothing could live with the King Power Racing-owned filly and when Acklam Express began backpedaling – eventually finishing tailed off – the 5-1 winner had the race in the bag.
She came home three lengths clear of Atalis Bay with another five back to Dexter Belle.
“She’s just a natural. She’s always been able to gallop, it just took us a while to get it together, but she’s so relaxed now,” said Easterby.
“She’s a good size – she’s grown and done well. She was quite backward in her coat until about two weeks ago and she’s blossomed.
“She’s goes on firm ground and goes on soft ground – she’s just a pro. You get good horses like that once in a while.
“She hasn’t had a lot of galloping, but she doesn’t blow. Pipalong was the same – they don’t blow those good horses.
“She’s as good as we’ve had for a long time, I’d have thought.
“She definitely goes for the King’s Stand – that has been the plan all along.”
Winter Power was cut to 10-1 from 20s for the King’s Stand by Betfair.
Easterby had earlier won with Copper Knight (11-2 joint-favourite), who took the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap at York for a second time to gain a fifth success on the Knavesmire.
Rated as high as 106 at his peak, he was well-backed at Chester last week to take advantage of a much-reduced rating of 85 but could only finish third to Jabbarockie.
In front a long way out, first James Sullivan’s mount had to see off the attentions of Jawwaal on entering the final furlong and then Mulzim made good ground from the rear to chase him home, at a distance of half a length.
Easterby said: “He’s a star, last year he just lost his way a bit.
“He ran great first time out (second at Newmarket), but went up a fair bit and that snookered him.
“He got himself re-handicapped really and he ran well at Chester last week.
“He likes it here. We might look at the Dash at Epsom.”
He added: “When he first came he was a bit stressy and took a bit of settling down, but he’s just one of those horses that is easier to train now.”
Another Chester third went a couple of places better in the Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap, with the David Barron-trained Kynren coming out on top in a thrilling finish.
Ridden by Connor Beasley, 17-2 chance was strongly pressed by 7-2 favourite Brunch in the closing stages, but clung on by a neck.
“I got a little bit checked two and a half furlongs down, but once I got him back in a rhythm he went to the line all the way,” said the winning jockey.
“He’s a model of consistency and ran a mighty race last week at Chester. Coming back to a lovely track like York with a bit of ease in the ground just played to his strengths.
“I followed the fancied ones through and it worked out well.”
Lusail made a winning debut for Richard Hannon in the Constant Security ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes.
The Al Shaqab Racing-owned colt was a largely unconsidered 28-1 shot in the hands of Andrea Atzeni, but displayed a willing attitude to get the better of Mattice by three-quarters of a length, with 5-2 favourite Albahr best of the rest in third.
Hannon, whose chief hope Secret Strength (4-1) finished fourth, said: “The winner is a nice colt and will improve massively for that.
“He’s only galloped twice and is not there in his coat yet. We’ll take things quietly, but if he’s good enough to go to Ascot he’ll go.
“I can’t work out the fourth horse – I’m certain there’s a good horse in there somewhere. He’s not finishing his races and I don’t know why.”
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Saffron Beach set up a potential outing at next month’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland with victory in the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Having run out an impressive winner over course and distance on her debut 13 days ago, the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained filly took a step up in class in her stride in the seven-furlong Group Three.
Moving into contention approaching the final quarter of a mile, the 9-4 favourite found plenty for pressure to hold off the attentions of Thank You Next by half a length.
Following the race, Saffron Beach was introduced at 10-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf by Paddy Power.
Chapple-Hyam said: “That was very good and the staff at home have done a wonderful job. She is a quick learner and I’d love to have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, if the owners will allow me.
“We know she is good. I had Annie Skates who was second in the Juvenile Fillies’ race at the Breeders’ Cup and this one is probably a quicker learner than Annie.
“For what she has done at home, we thought this was a suitable step up in grade. She has got a good lead horse in Suzi’s Connoisseur, so thank God for him. The old nine-year-old dog came good!”
Winter Power showed no signs of a busy campaign catching up with her after making virtually all to claim the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.
The Tim Easterby-trained daughter of Bungle Inthejungle secured her fourth victory from nine starts this season with a clear-cut success in the Group Three prize.
Although briefly headed midway through the five-furlong dash, the 10-1 shot, who claimed Listed honours at Ayr on her last outing, quickly pressed on once regaining the initiative to cross the line three lengths clear of runner-up and favourite, Method.
Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: “She won quite well at Ayr and has bounced back in great form. She has done really well and won very easily. She just ran in a very competitive race (Flying Childers) at Doncaster where I got beat on her.
“She has shown me plenty of encouragement today to travel very handy and when I asked her the question coming down the dip she handled it well and put the race to bed very nicely.”
Despite Winter Power – who was introduced at 25-1 for the Commonwealth Cup with William Hill and 33-1 by Betfair – being campaigned exclusively over five furlongs this season, De Sousa believes that with time she might get a bit further.
He added: “This year five is as far as we want to go, but we are nearly at the end of the season and with another couple of months on her back six furlongs will be suitable.
“I think when she fills up over the winter she might just strengthen up. I don’t know how good she will be, but she will always be in the mix in good races.”
The Ian Williams-trained Kingbrook (14-1) sweated up badly before the start of the valuable bet365 Old Rowley Cup, but it certainly did not slow him down.
Richard Kingscote stole a march on his rivals running and managed to hold off the fast finish of Hollie Doyle on Louganini by half a length.
Angel Power (100-30 favourite) continued her progression to give De Sousa a treble in the Darley Pride Stakes, following his earlier win in the Cornwallis and his success in the Challenge Stakes on Happy Power.
Trainer Roger Varian said: “I will have to speak to Alastair Donald (King Power racing manager), but I think she has got maybe another run in her this year.
“Let’s see how she comes out of this race. We quite like the E.P. Taylor (Woodbine) as we won that a couple of years ago with Sheikha Reika and we’ve had fillies placed in that race before.”
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