Frankel colt wins at Sandown
News of the action from Sandown Park where Frankel sired another winner in Bjorn Nielsen's promising Atty Persse.
Atty Persse impressed on debut
The mighty Frankel was named after top American trainer Bobby Frankel and Atty Persse, a son of the Juddmonte-bred champion, is similarly named after another former handler.
Henry Seymour "Atty" Persse was British champion trainer in 1930 and renowned for his handling of juveniles, he trained the likes of The Tetrarch, the winner of all seven two-year-old starts in 1913.
Owned and bred by Bjorn Neilsen, who introduced 2011 St Leger winner Masked Marvel to win this race in 2010, Atty Persse was settled in third by George Baker as Harbour Town set the pace in the one-mile Willmott Dixon/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown.
Harbour Town made the best of his way home turning in but was soon passed by the William Buick-ridden Hamada.
Baker had the move covered though, and while Atty Persse took his time to get going and looked very green when popped the question, he stuck on gamely to wear down his rival.
In the end, the well-backed 10-11 favourite had a length and three-quarters to spare over Hamada, with the pair drawing four lengths clear of the staying-on Keepup Kevin.
Winning trainer Roger Charlton is now eyeing the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster as a likely landing spot for Atty Persse.
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He said: "That is just what we wanted. Mine don't always win first time out – we don't over-do them at home. He has done some routine work, but he has always shown class. He is a good mover, with a good temperament and I hope he makes up into a Racing Post Trophy horse.
"I would like to think he might. He stays well and is a classy horse."
Doncaster in October rarely provides fast ground, but Charlton, who has now run three of his four Frankel colts, said: "It is hard to tell (if he will handle soft ground).
"He is a very good mover, but I don't think that ground would be a bother to him at all. He has always been a very professional horse."
Bahamian Sunrise had been placed in four of his last five starts prior to lining up in the gg.co.uk Supports The Racehorse Sanctuary Handicap and the relief was palpable for trainer John Gallagher as the four-year-old finally struck gold.
It had been 14 months since his sole success but he made most of the running, showing guts aplenty, to earn a second victory under 5lb claimer George Buckell.
The 4-1 shot had to dig deep as he first held off the sustained challenge of Doctor Parkes, who had the benefit of the far rail to race against.
And after Billyoakes had briefly threatened to make a fight of it on the outer, Bahamian Sunrise had to be shaken up vigorously to hold Go Nani Go who burst between horses inside the final furlong and was only touched off on the bob of heads.
After the short-head verdict, trainer Gallager said: "He deserved that. He has been knocking on the door and has been nutted so many times.
"When I saw the other horse coming, I thought 'not again'. I was convinced he'd won at Brighton in June when he was beaten by Bouclier – and so did the (winning trainer) Tony Carroll, so it is not out of turn.
"That is the first winner this year for the owners, the Caveat Emptor Partnership, so that's nice.
"Hopefully we will have another one when Iseemist wins at Pontefract tomorrow. But I will be driving the horsebox to Ayr, as we have Ladweb in on Friday – and he will absolutely love that soft ground up there. Confidence is up now!"
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