Moore bags HQ brace
A review of Thursday afternoon's meeting at Newmarket where jockey Ryan Moore was in double form.
Hitting the target rarely proved a problem for trainer Micky Quinn during his days as a professional footballer and after several efforts bouncing off the woodwork Stanhope finally opened his account at Newmarket.
Having been placed in all six of his starts last season, the Equiano gelding gained the victory he had long deserved when seeing off his rivals by three lengths in the 188Bet Handicap.
Quinn said of the 10/1 winner: "He deserved to win on his form last year. He was beaten a length by Fly At Dawn, who is now rated over 100.
"He was unlucky first time this year at Yarmouth as he got two whips across the face when he was coming through and for some reason he ran a stinker at Nottingham last time.
"He did it nicely there and liked the cut in the ground. It is nice to have a high-profile owner like Raymond Tooth in the yard and we were desperate to get a winner for him last year.
"He worked well in the blinkers the other day so we decided to keep them on. Hopefully he can build on that for the rest of the season."
Amanda Perrett celebrated her first winner since Zhui Feng triumphed in last week's Royal Hunt Cup after Saluti (9/4) completed the first leg of a double for jockey Ryan Moore with a three-and-a-half-length success in the 188bet.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
The Pulborough handler said: "He handled the ground fine. It was quite soft for a first run of the year. He will stay at that trip.
"He was very backward last year and I didn't really do more than a canter until the end of September. He has been very slow coming to hand this year."
On future plans for Zhui Feng she added: "We had a party on Tuesday night to celebrate. It is difficult to win with them when they keep running well and don't go down in the handicap.
"He was drawn well, though, and he liked the quick ground. He only went up 6lb for that and might go for the Betfred Mile at Goodwood."
The Roger Charlton-trained Makzeem (4/1), who is a half-brother to multiple Group One winner Al Kazeem, completed Moore's brace when obliging by a length in the Read Silvestre de Sousa At 188Bet Handicap.
Mark Johnston reached a century of Flat winners for the 24th consecutive season following the rallying success of Poet's Society (15/8 favourite) in the Free Spins At 188Bet Casino Handicap.
The Middleham trainer moved into three figures for the season after the son of Poet's Voice battled back from being headed to get up and score by a neck in the five-furlong dash, to back up the victory of Kit Marlowe at Newcastle earlier in the day.
Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie, said: "He is as tough as granite. He was being a bit clever there as he is in at Newcastle on Saturday and if he got beat he was going there, so by pulling that out of the fire he has saved himself a trip to Newcastle.
"If they all had the thirst for racing he has it would be an easy game."
Luca Cumani will have to stay away from the track more often after Rigoletto (3/1) scored for the second time in his absence when backing up his last-time-out victory at Yarmouth when taking the Daily Racing Specials At 188Bet Handicap
Assistant trainer Freddie Eccles-Williams said: "He ran a really promising race at Newbury on soft ground first time out and improved on that to win at Yarmouth. That's probably his optimum trip. You will see him in a better light in a big field when they go at a faster pace."
Etefaaq (15/2) took the required step forward from his debut at Nottingham when making all for a half-length success in the British & Irish Lions Betting At 188Bet Novice Stakes, while Mistress Quickly (100-30) came out best in the Wimbledon Tennis Betting At 188Bet Handicap.
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