Mrs Danvers delivers at Newbury
Mrs Danvers took her unbeaten record to four when she claimed some all-important black type in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Fillies' Stakes at Newbury.
Mrs Danvers maintained her unbeaten record
Having scooped the pool in the Weatherbys Super Sprint over the course and distance on her previous start, the 5-2 favourite stepped up in class with the minimum of fuss.
After having tracked the early pace set by Barroche, the Jonathan Portman-trained Mrs Danvers went on just inside the final furlong, after Equimou had attempted to force the issue, to score by two lengths.
Stormy Clouds made late progress from the rear to finish third, another length and a quarter away.
Portman said: "I'm very proud of the filly and delighted for everybody involved. She certainly handled the ground fine and she quickened nicely off it.
"There are only really two options for her in September – the Flying Childers at Doncaster or we could go to Chantilly for a Group Three. Both are in the middle of the month.
"We don't have to go anywhere in September, really, because knowing she likes the soft we could sit tight until the autumn, but even then there isn't a huge amount.
"If I was very bold one could think of running her in the Abbaye as a two-year-old with the weight allowance, but that's probably several steps too far.
"The Cornwallis (Newmarket) has always been our obvious autumn target. There's little pressure to do anything until then.
"If she comes out of this race well and is kicking we'll look at either Doncaster or Chantilly."
Ultimate Avenue (7-4 favourite) gave Ed Walker a boost ahead of Stormy Antarctic's run in the Prix Jacques le Marois on Sunday when confirming the promise of his debut third to land a tidy success under George Baker.
The jockey completed a double to give trainer Peter Crate his first winner for 135 days when steering home Sandfrankskipsgo (8-1) in the Inspiratyion Inc Handicap.
The Graduate (3-1 favourite) came through the sternest of examinations to land a narrow success in the Berry Bros & Rudd Cellar Plan Handicap.
Andrew Balding's three-year-old responded well to David Probert's driving to hold Continuum by a short head and win for the third time this season.
Wind In My Sails (10-1) could have been named the winner of the Christophe Smith Associates Handicap some way out, with Liam Keniry pressing the button to see Ed De Giles's four-year-old strike by a length and three-quarters from Exceeding Power.
Luca Cumani's Myopic (7-4 favourite) overtook the long-time leader Malmoosa inside the final furlong to overcome a 339-absence and open her account at the second attempt in the Breeders Backing Racing And Tutts Clump Cider EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
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