Playful delight for Stoute
Playful Sound battled on gamely to foil a gamble on Next Stage in the Spring Lodge Handicap, the opening event on Qipco 2000 Guineas day at Newmarket.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly responded to William Buick's urgings to rally and get the verdict after Next Stage had led in the final furlong.
Playful Sound (10-1) outstayed the 2-1 favourite to score by a length and a quarter. Central Square grabbed third place close home.
Buick told ITV Racing: "We went slow. Next Stage picked up very well, I think this filly was caught a bit flat-footed. It ended being a bit of a sprint, but she saw it out very well.
"She showed a bit of quality and you'd like to think she's going to progress."
Stoute said: "That was very pleasing. We kept her in training to try to get black type with her this year, but there was nothing suitable and she was ready to have a race.
"She has really pleased me and wouldn't give in.
"Most of them will improve from three to four and her physical progress has been very satisfactory. She's a good-looking filly."
Of his other runner, Ballet Concerto, Stoute said: "He was disappointing, but Ryan (Moore) said the ground was plenty firm enough for him."
Stoute went on: "We will go the next step with her now and go for a Listed race and see how she gets on and go from there. We will not plan too far ahead.
"(On her last run) Fillies can go a bit flat when the weather changes and she is much better than that. She handled the fast ground much better than Ballet Concerto."
"I think nine or 10 furlongs is her trip and that will do."
Danielsflyer overcame a 261-day absence to spring a 25-1 surprise in the Hot Streak Handicap.
The action was down the centre of the course as Silvestre de Sousa rode a patient race on David Barron's Dandy Man colt.
Top weight Eqtiraan was the only threat at the business end of the race with Danielsflyer coming home strongly to claim the prize.
The always prominent Mostahel was third.
De Sousa told Racing UK: "I just rode him with a bit of patience. He hadn't run for more than 200 days and he came home came on strongly.
"Because he hadn't run for such a long time, I wanted something to take me down to the Dip. He's done everything I asked him for and done everything the right way.
"Mr Barron was very positive and wherever he sends a horse, you know they have a chance and this one had."
John Elliott, part owner of the winner, said: "It was no surprise at all. I couldn't believe the price. At Epsom (in last year's Woodcote Stakes), in my opinion he won it. He had the worst draw and if you watch the race before and after the winning line, he was in front.
"Then at York he ran very poorly. He was not right when we got him back. He had a problem with his hip.
"I would have been very disappointed if he was not in the frame today. That's the plan now, to go to York on June 17. We brought him here partly to see if he was a six or seven-furlong horse."
Permian gave Ryan Moore his third winner on the card when running away with the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes.
After wins on Churchill and Seventh Heaven in the two main events, Moore's confidence was sky high and Permian (5-2) was a willing partner.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt, runner-up to the highly-regarded Cracksman in his previous start, stretched away in the closing stages to score by four and a half lengths from Speedo Boy.
Johnston said: "Obviously it was a bit of a strangely-run race with James Doyle going off so quick.
"Ryan Moore said he stayed every inch of it. To be honest, we didn't really think he was stakes level yet, although he is rated 101 so he was never far away from it.
"He went in a handicap at Bath first time out and he was possibly quite unlucky and he would have won if our other horse had not shoved him at a crucial point.
"He ran a great race again at Epsom. We knew we wanted to test him and this was a good test.
"It's possible we will see him before Ascot. Whether he will go to York or he might come back for a 10-furlong race here.
"My hunch is that it is a big jump from 10 furlongs to a mile and six furlongs and my hunch is he is going to go for the King Edward VII rather than the Queen's Vase."
Ronald R (14-1) just held Son Of The Stars in a thrilling finish to the Qipco Racing Welfare Handicap.
The Nathaniel colt, having his first race for 260 days, pulled out extra to deny the previously unbeaten Son Of The Stars by a head.
The pair were two and three-quarter lengths clear of High Acclaim in third spot.
Winning trainer Michael Bell said: "He had some very good form as a two-year-old. He was very impressive when he won his maiden at Yarmouth, but then he got struck into in a Listed race at Salisbury.
"We thought he was pretty decent, though it was a nice surprise as we thought he might need the run today.
"We were quite excited going into the winter but he has taken time to come to hand. He has done well over the winter. He has put on weight but he is not a very big horse.
"I think the obvious race to go for is the Britannia (at Royal Ascot)."
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