Make Time a Trophy possible
David Menuisier can still dream of a crack at the Racing Post Trophy with Make Time after a striking success at Salisbury.
Salisbury: The scene of Make Time's success
Narrowly touched off at Ascot on his debut when a 50-1 chance, he was considerably shorter in the betting for the first division of the Wilkins Kennedy British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Sent on his way at 3-1 under Jimmy Fortune, the result never looked in any doubt as he cruised to the front just over a furlong out before being kicked clear to win by five lengths.
The Queen's Swiftsure stayed on taking for second and given it was a Royal runner who beat Make Time on debut, Menuisier did not need to apologise.
"There is no set plan with him. We'll get him home and see how he is first," said Menuisier. "The pleasing thing after today is that we can't write off the idea (Doncaster, October 22).
"The plan was to win his maiden and win it well and then we could all start to dream about it and that is what he has done. It is certainly worth considering.
"He may have been 50-1 for his debut but I never look at the betting so it made no difference to me, I'd always known he was a nice horse.
"He was fairly unlucky not to win on his debut, but he's always shown talent and I was confident he'd win today.
"I feel very fortunate to have a horse like him so early in my career and we can dream about the Racing Post Trophy."
Reflecting on the fact he beat a horse of the Queen's having been on the receiving end first time, the Pulborough-based Frenchman said: "The first race I was quite polite about it, but today I reminded people I am from a Republic!"
The second division went to Andrew Balding's Mucho Applause (7-1) under Oisin Murphy who doubled up on Ralph Beckett's Bellajeu (13-2) in the first division of the Bathwick Tyres Handicap.
John Bridger's Pettochside (4-1) was a game winner of the Alford Investments Ltd Handicap, a victory which once more highlighted the qualities of Josephine Gordon.
The seven-year-old made all but looked sure to be swallowed up on more than one occasion, only to continue to find more for pressure.
Harry Dunlop's Storm Rock (8-1) returned to form to win the feature Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap in fine style.
At his best with the mud flying, he appreciated the cut in the ground and sat a long way off the scorching pace set by Beach Bar before staying on stoutly under Harry Bentley.
Having finished ninth in the Lincoln off 100 earlier in the season he took advantage of a mark of 87.
There was a shock in the Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes when Richard Hannon's odds-on Eqtiraan was comfortably turned over by the David Evans-trained Smokey Lane (3-1).
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