Appleby has winning Charm

Poetic Charm wins the Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes

Charlie Appleby continued his excellent run of form as Poetic Charm made an impressive start to her career in the Rossdales EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The Godolphin trainer saddled four winners over the first two days of the July Festival and Poetic Charm was a 3-1 shot for the opener on day three.

The daughter of Dubawi travelled powerfully for much of the seven-furlong contest in the hands of William Buick and while she showed signs of inexperience when asked to go about her business, her latent talent carried the half-sister to Teofilo to an impressive length success over 6-4 favourite Sizzling.

Juliet Capulet was best of the rest in third.

Appleby said: "She did a nice bit of work the other day and the fillies are just coming to hand now. I've not really run many fillies as they have taken time to come to hand.

"I thought the other filly (Sizzling) would have to be smart to get past her. She has got a great pedigree and trip-wise she will get further. She would be fine over seven furlongs or a mile.

"I know this was only a maiden, but she has got plenty of boot. She travelled very well and picked up well. She is a filly with a bright future.

"The Moyglare (Curragh, September 10), on the back of that, is quite a realistic target.

"To be fair it is a little bit tricky placing fillies like this when they win a class two maiden as it rules them out of novice events.

"She might be one that has to be thrown in the deep end and go straight there."

Inshiraah secured a narrow success in the Spa At Bedford Lodge Hotel EBF Stallions Fillies' Handicap.

George Peckham's three-year-old won on her penultimate start at Wolverhampton and was placed for the third time in four starts on her latest appearance over this course and distance.

Sent off at 7-1, she was strongly pressed by 11-4 favourite Gymnaste well inside the last of seven furlongs, but Inshiraah dug deep for Kieran O'Neill to prevail by a neck.

On Her Toes was third.

Peckham said: "We were drawn on the wrong side the other day and she had to make her own running. She ran her heart out there and straight after that we thought we would look at this.

"It's nice to come here and for it to all work out. As a two-year-old she took a fair bit of time to pull herself together. She has got organised this year and has really taken off. Let's hope she keeps progressing.

"I always thought a mile would suit her but Kieran said he would probably stick at seven furlongs.

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"We might look at getting a little bit of black type with her and as she is French-bred, going to France could be an option."

Medahim wore down the front-running Masham Star to claim top honours in the bet365 Mile Handicap.

Masham Star made his usual fast start under PJ McDonald and briefly looked to have cut loose.

However, having been ridden with restraint by Sean Levey, Richard Hannon's 12-1 chance Medahim came from out of the pack to throw down a challenge and finished off strongly to score by a length and a half.

Masham Star boxed on well to finish a clear second on his 11th start of 2017, ahead of the Queen's Maths Prize in third.

Afaak, the 3-1 favourite, was fourth.

Hannon said: "In the Britannia (at Royal Ascot) he was a bit too handy. He just needs dropping in and that enables him to get the mile

"I've always thought he was a very talented horse and he definitely looks like a horse going the right way.

"We'll have a look at Goodwood as obviously the owners (Al Shaqab Racing) sponsor the meeting and we will try and find something there."

The David Barron-trained Above The Rest lunged late to secure the bet365 Bunbury Cup.

Steady Pace looked likely to claim the lucrative prize after passing the final-furlong marker over a length in front under Josephine Gordon, but was collared in the closing stages by both the 12-1 winner and Sir Dancealot.

Above The Rest passed the post half a length ahead in the hands of apprentice Clifford Lee, with Sir Dancealot second, Steady Pace third and Tony Curtis in fourth.

Lee, securing the 50th victory of his riding career, said: "I'm very grateful to the owners and the trainer for putting me on these sort of horses, especially when they're winners.

"I'm over the moon to get my 50th winner, which brings me down to a 3lb claimer now. I'm overwhelmed.

"He came off the bridle a little bit. I had to squeeze him up early doors and then he came back on the bridle.

"I didn't want to get there too soon as he tends to stop a little bit, but he's done enough and did it nicely in the end.

"You've got to take these opportunities with both hands."

Gustav Klimt was made to pull out all the stops to justify his cramped odds in the bet365 Superlative Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's youngster was the 5-6 favourite for the Group Two prize after opening his account at the Curragh just under a fortnight ago, but was under pressure some way from home.

He was short of room with two furlongs to run and jockey Ryan Moore made the bold decision to switch his mount widest of all before throwing down his challenge.

Nebo hit the front in the final furlong, but Gustav Klimt was really rolling against the far rail and got up to beat him by a head.

Great Prospector was third.

Moore said: "He's a very good horse. I really liked him on both of his (previous) starts.

"The gap was there and just when we went to go in there we sort of rolled and he was pinched out of it.

"He ran really green because he'd never been in tight, but it was a very good performance to get back up from there.

"He's a really nice horse with a lot of potential. He settles very well and he's got a very good turn of foot."

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