Nyaleti sparkles at Ascot
Nyaleti returned to winning form with an emphatic display in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot.
Runner-up on her two previous starts in smart company after making a winning debut, Mark Johnston's filly scooted away from her rivals in the hands of Ryan Moore after stablemate Rebel Assault had led her in the early stages.
Dance Diva stayed on, but never threatened to get in a blow at the 2-1 favourite, who won by five lengths.
Moore said: "She kept on building all the way to the line, she was very impressive.
"She's been beaten by two good fillies (September and Clemmie, both trained by Aidan O'Brien), but this filly may have put up an improved performance today."
Nyaleti was given a quote of 25-1 for the Qipco 1000 Guineas with Paddy Power.
Johnston said: "It's always hard to tell how form compares when there is nothing she has met before.
"Ryan has never ridden here before, but got off and said he thought that was an improved performance based on having beaten her twice.
"My gut feeling is it is a significantly improved performance as well. I was so impressed with how she had everything at it with a mile to go.
"Rebel Assault led them a fair old pace and has probably run as good a race as she has ever run, but it was the way Nyaleti could coast at that pace and go on.
"There was concerns about the ground and the trip in that perhaps she is better over further. Ryan did say he would rather ride over a mile than six again and that seven would be ideal.
"The Lowther (at York) is not out of the question, but we will take heed at what he said for sure."
The Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York on August 24 is a possible target for the runner-up Dance Diva
"To be honest we are very happy. We think we have run into one," said Chris Richardson, racing manager for owners Cheveley Park Stud, of the Richard Fahey-trained youngster.
"She handled the ground well. She is a nice filly and we are pleased with where she has finished.
"I still think she is a bit green. She had her ears pricked and is still mentally immature.
"She was a little bit on her toes in the parade ring and didn't want to go under the arch. We could possibly go for the Lowther."
D'Bai (8-1) came through the pack in the final furlong to claim the Porsche Handicap under top weight.
Charlie Appleby's gelding, wearing blinkers for the first time, weaved his way into contention in the hands of William Buick to challenge Pealer, who had set sail for home.
D'Bai, wearing the Godolphin colours, got on top close home to deny Pealer by a neck. Fire Brigade snatched third place in the final strides, but was two and a quarter lengths behind the first two.
Buick said: "He'd got blinkers on for the first time and that helped him focus a little bit. He travelled strongly through the race, probably too strong early on.
"He was last off the bridle. When he gets there he has a look.
"It was a drop in grade and nice to get his confidence back and get him back on track.
"He has a high cruising speed and hopefully it's onwards and upwards for him."
Appleby said: "He is a horse that we liked since he was a two-year-old. He broke his maiden at the July Course, but he has been a bit frustrating along the way.
"His home work is always very good. He has been gelded and we have gone for the full headgear and replaced the cheekpieces with blinkers.
"The plan was to bury him and ride him for a lot of luck. He is the sort of horse that likes to travel. It was a great ride from William, he gave him a peach of a ride.
"He won on easy ground at Pontefract in a Listed race so the conditions were there to suit. I ran him in the French Derby and I don't think the trip beat him, he was just not good enough. The mile looks to be right trip."
Stamp Hill left punters stunned as the 50-1 outsider turned the highly-competitive Gigaset International Heritage Handicap into a procession.
The Richard Fahey-trained four-year-old had been well-beaten in all his four starts this season, but hit form to take the £93,000 first prize for connections.
The big field split into two groups for the first half of the seven-furlong journey, with Squats leading on the far side and Heaven Sent among those prominent nearer the centre.
Stamp Hill took control at the business end and stormed clear for Paul Hanagan to win by a length and a quarter from Mjjack. The winner's stablemate Withernsea was third with Johnny Barnes fourth.
Hanagan said: "We always thought he had the ability, but I think the combination of blinkers first time and the ground helped him so much.
"I think I've ridden bigger-priced winners, but not in a race as valuable as this.
"He loved the ground, as he likes to get his toe in. I'm delighted for the horse, I think that will do him the world of good and his confidence as well."
Raydiance (7-1) just edged out Another Batt in an attritional battle for the Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes.
The seven furlongs on soft ground took some getting in the Listed contest and it was the Karl Burke-trained son of Mayson who prevailed from George Scott's charge by a neck under champion jockey Jim Crowley.
Alba Power was third, while the 7-4 favourite Tigre Du Terre could never mount a serious challenge in the rain-softened conditions.
Burke said: "The ground is a must for him in that class. When he won on good to soft at Haydock PJ (McDonald, jockey) said that is as fast as he wants it.
"They don't give you a handicap mark after two runs unless you win two so we had to come for another novice, or I said to the lads we will throw him in the deep end and see what we get.
"I said two things to Jim (Crowley) going out – what he lacks in class he more than makes up for because he loves the ground and is as hard as nails. Whatever slap he got he would stick his head out and he showed that today.
"Ground will be key to him. That was the plan today. We will get him home and go from there. I wouldn't be afraid of throwing him in Group class on soft ground like France or somewhere."
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