Red-hot Jedd lands Listed prize

Jedd O’Keeffe continued his hot run of form as Lord Yeats scored a notable Listed success in the Betway Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket.

O’Keeffe sent out four winners on Friday and jockey PJ McDonald clearly fancied his chances of adding to the tally as he was positive from the off aboard 9-1 shot Lord Yeats.

He quickly kicked into the lead, with favourite Midterm racing on his heels until the race began in earnest with around three furlongs to run.

Midterm was the first to wilt under pressure as both Second Step and Mount Logan made their respective bids for glory, with Red Verdon also trying to get in on the act.

However, despite being headed with around a furlong to run, Lord Yeats battled back gamely for McDonald and just inched back up on Second Step in the shadow of the post to record a neck victory, with Mount Logan in third.

O’Keeffe claimed a first Listed success in his career at Newcastle on Friday night when More Mischief won the Hoppings Stakes.

He said: “The horses are in really good form and I can’t quite believe it.

“To win our very first Listed race on Friday and to win another in consecutive days is quite unbelievable.

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“We thought he (Lord Yeats) was up to it and we thought the style of race would suit him.

“We were looking at the Ebor but that has probably not helped his mark.

“He has got entries in the American St Leger and Irish St Leger.

“When I made them (the entries) we thought it seemed like we might be flying high but maybe they are more realistic now.”

Dance Diva obliged for favourite-backers as she ran out a cosy winner of the Betway Empress Fillies’ Stakes.

There was drama at the start before the Listed contest as Ellthea tried to duck under the front of her stall and was subsequently withdrawn, but Dance Diva took it all in her stride.

William Buick was content to bide his time aboard the Richard Fahey-trained winner, allowing Diamond Pursuit and Silca Mistress to stride on, but the 3-1 favourite was certainly ready to make her presence felt at the business end of the race.

With a favourable position up the rail, Dance Diva proved a length and a quarter too sharp for stablemate Maggies Angel, with So Hi Society back in third.

John Marsh, assistant racing manager for Dance Diva’s owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “She’s entered in the sales in a couple of weeks but if she goes there or not I’ve no idea.

“In the paddock she looked the biggest filly and she is really progressing nicely. This was the plan.

“She had to make the stepping-stone last time carrying the 4lb penalty.

“She did that nicely and she came here and did it nicely again.”

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