Angel blitzes Ascot rivals

Prosper ridden by Jockey Silvestre de Sousa

Frozen Angel put himself in the frame for Royal Ascot when running out the winner of the Sodexo Conditions Stakes.

Although trailing home last on his debut at Newmarket the Tom Dascombe-trained two-year-old left that effort well behind in the five-furlong dash at the Berkshire track.

Prominent from the word go, the 12-1 shot found plenty for pressure pulling smartly clear of the hat-trick seeking Corinthia Knight before claiming victory by three and a quarter lengths.

Colin Gorman, Dascombe's assistant trainer, said: "He is a horse we have liked from the start. We were disappointed with the Newmarket run.

"His first couple of bits of work at home were moderate but then he got better. He has just been backwards and ran very green at Newmarket.

"Silvestre (de Sousa) said he was a very nice horse and said he was Group class with the feel he got today.

"We will let Tom and the owners have discussions about where he goes but it is likely he will be coming back here in June."

Prosper regained the winning thread after showing the best of her battling qualities to land the Spinal Injuries Association British EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

After finding one too good on her return at Chelmsford on her return, the daughter of Exceed And Excel made her first start on the turf a winning one when just hanging on in the one-mile event.

Racing close to the early pace set by Blending, the Roger Varian-trained three-year-old kicked on over a furlong out before holding the late rally of Icespire by a short-head to complete a double for De Sousa.

Varian said: "I was not sure on the line if we had hung on. She is a big filly and is very green. She is still learning the job.

"I think she will be better when she goes a mile and a quarter but she has just got to learn to race properly first, that is why we stuck at a mile.

"I think we will go a mile and a quarter next time. We will try and get another run in over 10 furlongs then we might look at the Ribblesdale. She is a nice progressive filly."

Tabarrak confirmed the promise of his recent comeback run when landing a game victory in the Rundle's Paradise Stakes.

The four-year-old had been off for 12 months before finishing second at Newmarket two weeks ago and went one better with a battling effort to see off Ennaadd.

One of three horses carrying the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the seven-runner line-up, Tabarrak (7-2) was delivered by the owner's retained rider Jim Crowley to challenge at the business end and deny the 2-1 favourite by a neck.

Winning trainer Richard Hannon said: "He's a lovely horse and a pleasure to have around. He tries very hard, but we were a bit worried today about going the mile. "

We decided to ride him differently and get a lead. If he's in front, he thinks it's time to go and doesn't give himself a chance to get home. We tucked him in today and he travelled great.

"He does have a nice race in him and goes on fast ground no problem.

"We'll look at seven-furlong and mile races for him."

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