Mrs Danvers earns her corn
Bargain buy Mrs Danvers took her career record to a perfect five from five in the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.
Mrs Danvers (right) is still unbeaten after breaking the course record
Unsold after failing to make more than £1,000 at the sales in February, Jonathan Portman's filly lined up on the Rowley Mile after having won each of her previous four starts and earning more than £150,000 in prize-money – largely down to a lucrative success in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.
Settled behind the front-running Battaash, she wondered around a little in the dip but picked up strongly on the rising ground and ran all the way to the line to score by a cosy length and a half.
The Hellvelyn filly was returned the 2/1 favourite and broke the two-year-old track record in the process of providing trainer Jonathan Portman with a second win in the Group Three having taken it in 2014 with Royal Razalma.
Clem Fandango finished fast and late to take second with Battaash clinging on for third in a bunch finish for minor honours.
Jockey Richard Kingscote said: "She's very straightforward, very relaxed. She'll learn again for coming to a track like this.
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"She seems to have a little bit of class about her. The race worked out nice."
Portman revealed his stable star will now be put away until next season.
He said: "She's very special. She's got the speed, she's got the spirit and she's so far had the soundness.
"She always has the sense to tell me when she's right and when she's wrong. She's been wrong and came right for this. She's just an amazing filly.
"Shortly after her last run she got a bug. She wasn't really ill with it, but she was ill enough to have to take her out of training for a month.
"That was the month I didn't really have a race I wanted to run in anyway, so it suited us all fine. She can have a holiday now and she's paid for our holiday as well.
"I think she'd stay six (furlongs). She might have to next year, otherwise she won't get out much. The great thing about her is she's so professional. She knows when to work and when to rest. When she does a bit of work at home, she does it fantastically well.
"It's a big deal for us. We've been knocking on the door and working hard for 16 or 17 seasons with a licence, trying to get a good horse.
"We just hope she trains on next year and I don't see why she won't. I've had no offers for her, it's not something I'm worried about."
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