Khafoo lands opening honours
Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Newmarket where Khafoo Shememi beat odds-on favourite Mazyoun in the opener.
Richard Hannon: Won the opener
Khafoo Shememi caused a minor surprise as he trumped odds-on favourite Mazyoun in the opening Eddie Stobart E Fulfilment EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.
Newcomer Mazyoun was sent off the 1-2 market leader to claim the six-furlong heat for trainer Hugo Palmer and he looked set to justify that support as he made steady progress from the back of the field to hit the front approaching the closing stages.
However, Pat Dobbs was just getting to work on Khafoo Shememi and the Richard Hannon-trained runner just edged in front on the line, winning by a neck at odds of 8-1.
Dobbs said: "We've taken our time with him and mentally he's been a bit weak. But he'll get further and he's a horse for next year."
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for winning owner Saeed Suhail, added: "He's a nice horse and has always been good."
Tom Ward, assistant to Hannon, said: "He's a nice, big horse who has shown plenty at home. We brought him here for experience and the further he went, the better he got and he'll get a mile.
"Obviously he's got plenty of ability. Not many of ours win first time and when they do win first time up, they're usually a bit better."
Rodaini dug deep to fend off the challenge of Clef in the Fly Easyjet From London Southend Airport Nursery Handicap.
Winner of a Leicester maiden and a novice event at Lingfield in his two starts to date, Rodaini was sent off the 10-11 favourite to extend his winning sequence to three in this seven-furlong heat.
Just three runners went to post and with Second Nature out of contention from a furlong out, it was a duel between Rodaini and Clef to the line, with Silvestre de Sousa eventually inching ahead on Rodaini to win by half a length.
Winning trainer Simon Crisford said: "He has some nice entries but there are no plans. Silvestre was very happy with him as he is still learning.
"He's been learning throughout his career and hopefully there is more to come.
"We'll keep to this trip at the moment. He knows how to sprint as he's been through a breeze-up sale."
De Sousa added: "Had they gone quicker, it would have suited better but he's done it well."