Sir Dancealot's fine season continues as he takes Newbury's Hungerford Stakes
The feature race at Newbury Racecourse's Ladies Day (August 18), the £150,000 G2 Ladyswood Stud Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs was won by Sir Dancealot (David Elsworth/Gerald Mosse) come out on top in good style.
The improving four-year-old is enjoying a fine season, having landed the G2 Lennox Stakes over the same distance at Goodwood last month.He had little difficulty in defying a 3lb penalty from that success as he came from the rear to take lead from Dream Of Dreams (Sir Michael Stoute/Adam Kirby) entering the final furlong, before going on to win comfortably by a length and a quarter when eased down. The official going was Good.
Breton Rock (David Simcock/Martin Harley), the 2014 winner, was another half-length away in third, while the 15/8 favourite Gustav Klimt (Aidan O'Brien IRE/Ryan Moore) was never able to get competitive and came home in fifth of the eight runners.
Winning jockey Gerald Mosse is currently based in Newmarket and the 51-year-old French ace, who has been successful all over the world, was full of praise for his mount: "Sir Dancealot has shown himself to be a magnificent animal with big ability."
"I wanted to get him to relax and travel well before showing me what he could do. When I started to make my move, he was still cantering. It was a lovely race and just like a morning gallop for the horse. I was very pleased with him."
"Sir Dancealot does what you ask him to do. I was pleased with the way he travelled and how he won his race today. I didn't have to press hard and he won nice and easily. I was able to save his potential for next time."
"I am only the pilot and not the trainer, but I believe he could go for the G1 Prix de Foret (run over seven furlongs at Longchamp, France, on October 7) next. No matter where he goes, I want to be there as he is a lovely horse. He is just a machine."
Earlier another improving four-year-old, Godolphin's Hamada (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) booked his ticket to Australia for the Melbourne Cup (November 6) when he was successful in the £60,000 G3 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes over an extended mile and five furlongs.
The son of Cape Cross, winning his fifth race in succession, took up the running entering the final furlong and had little difficulty in powering away for a two and a half-length success over Raymond Tusk (Richard Hannon/Silvestre de Sousa) with his stablemate and long-time leader Walton Street (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby) another nose away in third.
The opening £25,5000 Listed Denford Stakes saw Boitron (Richard Hannon/Silvestre de Sousa) make it three wins from as many starts when registering a smooth length and three-quarters victory in the seven-furlong contest.
Marlborough-based trainer Richard Hannon has high hopes for this son of Le Havre: "Boitron is a very nice horse. The first time he won here, I didn't think he would win like he did.
"It is the way he moves that makes him a very good horse. He won that lovely and Silvestre said he gave him a good feel."
The big handicap of the day was the £20,000 Laurent-Perrier Handicap over seven furlongs, which went the way of 17/2 chance Squats (William Haggas/Georgia Cox (3), 9st 1lb) for the second year running.
Winning rider Georgia Cox was also in the saddle for last year's victory: "It has been a frustrating season for both of us and things just haven't gone right. Squats so deserves to win one on what he has done and I am just so happy everything went right today."
There was a Royal winner on the card when The Queen's Sextant (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore) landed the Racing To School British EBF Maiden (4.10pm) over a mile and a half.
Newbury races next on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 - Dubai Duty Free International Weekend. Land Force and Sergei Prokofiev are among entries for the meeting's Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.
There are 63 entries for the race on the Saturday of the two-day meeting. The six-furlong contest for two-year-olds boasts an excellent roll of honour, with star miler Ribchester (2015) and champion sprinter Harry Angel (2016) among the recent winners.
Aidan O'Brien has yet to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes. Britain and Ireland's champion trainer has made eight entries. They include Land Force, winner of the G2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week, and G2 Coventry Stakes third Sergei Prokofiev.
Heartwarming (Clive Cox), one of seven fillies among the entries, came second at Newbury on Friday (August 17) in the Listed Byerley Stud Stakes - three lengths behind Shumooki.
The scratchings deadline for the Mill Reef is September 4.