Mr Black states case at Kempton
A review of Monday's action from Kempton, where the George Scott-trained Mr Black opened his account.
James Doyle (right): Among the three jockeys to enjoy Kempton doubles on Monday
George Scott may take aim at the All-Weather Championships with Mr Black should he build on his victory in the ApolloBet New Website Maiden Stakes at Kempton.
After getting bogged down in desperate conditions on his debut at Thirsk, the son of Showcasing was made 5/2 favourite to make amends in the five-furlong contest.
Positioned just off the pace, the two-year-old justified his position as market leader when wearing down long-time leader Rapid Ranger before obliging by a length and a quarter and initiating a double for winning rider James Doyle.
The Newmarket handler said: "Being a breeze-up buy he has always shown quite a lot of speed.
"Nothing can get him off the bridle at home. He ran on jumping ground first time out, but we only realised that when we got there and we let him take his chance.
"He is a very fast horse and has won comfortably in the end. I would like to run him again, but I can't imagine it will be on turf as he really wants top of the ground.
"We will stick at five as he has got a lot of raw speed, but at some point we'll step him up to six. The Three-Year-Old Championship could be something we look at if he proves he is up to it."
Marco Botti saw his decision to remove Raven's Lady from the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday vindicated in the opening division of the ApolloBet Racing Refunds/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Having had to settle for second best last time out the 5/4 favourite made all for a three-and-a-quarter-length victory to form the first leg of a quickfire brace for Silvestre de Sousa.
Botti said: "She won well and is a nice filly. I thought she was a bit unlucky last time, she just came from a long way back. It was not the plan to jump out and make it. The plan was to take a lead, but in the end Silvestre was happy in front.
"She was in the Rockfel but we decided to take her out and go for this maiden as it also had a book one bonus. We will probably stick to seven furlongs with her for now."
Belle Diva (3/1) showed she has made a full recovery from an accident with a gate post on the gallops at the start of the year when taking the second division of the seven-furlong maiden by three-quarters of a length to complete the reigning champion jockey's double.
Winning trainer Ralph Beckett said: "She's a nice filly, and it's lovely to have a first winner part-owned by the China Horse Club. I would think she'll go back home to strengthen up during the winter now."
Percy's Word defied his big starting price to make a winning debut in the ApolloBet Racing Refunds Maiden Stakes.
Although taking on more experienced rivals the Simon Crisford-trained 20/1 shot knew exactly what was required of him in the mile-and-a-quarter contest after getting up in the final strides to defeat Spring Jig by a neck.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed H Altayer, said: "I know he was 20/1, but he had been working well. I think he's done very well to win first-time-out, as although he's stoutly-bred, a mile and a quarter is a long way."
The Chris Wall-trained Mountain Rescue (11/1) provided Doyle, who was deputising for William Buick, with his second winner of the day in the ApolloBet Free Sign-up Bonus Handicap.
Seychelloise (12/1), from the yard of Sir Mark Prescott, gained a first victory this term after making all under Luke Morris in the ApolloBet Through Your Mobile Handicap.
His Kyllachy (5/2) continued what is becoming a red-letter month for trainer William Haggas when gifting him another winner in the ApolloBet Premier League Cashback Handicap, the first of two on the day for jockey Pat Cosgrave who also took the ApolloBet Online Casino & Games Handicap aboard the Luca Cumani-trained Cryptic (3/1).
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