Ryan Moore stars at Doncaster

Ballet Concerto ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Betway Spring Mile Handicap Stakes

Ryan Moore completed a quick double when steering home top weight Ballet Concerto to victory in the Betway Spring Mile Handicap.

Already successful on Tupi for Richard Hannon in the opener, it was quite fitting that the horse who missed the cut for the Lincoln by one, came out on top in the consolation event.

The field split into two main groups, with last year's winner Lord Of The Rock leading the near-side batch and Father Bertie taking along the far-side lot.

The far side had the edge and it was Ballet Concerto (8-1) who showed his class from stall six to lift the prize for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Sinfonietta tried hard to close in second and was beaten a length and three-quarters, with Candelisa and Swift Emperor third and fourth respectively.

There were no winning connections present, but David Menuisier was thrilled with the effort of bottom weight Sinfonietta.

"I think he must have been second eight or nine times now," said the trainer.

"He doesn't need much work and he goes well fresh.

"I was delighted when he just got into the race and he's just a super horse.

"We can't really make plans as he must have soft ground so we'll just go where the ground is soft.

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"You've got to love this horse."

Kool Kompany gave Ryan Moore a 575-1 hat-trick in the first three races on the opening day of the turf season when snatching victory on the line in the Betway Doncaster Mile.

Back with Richard Hannon, for whom he won the 2015 Craven Stakes after an unsuccessful stint in Australia, the five-year-old entire bounced back to form in some style.

He picked up Stormy Antarctic, the 2016 Craven winner, in the shadow of the post on the winner's first start for 154 days to get the verdict by a short head.

Dawn Of Hope was another half a length away in third.

Moore said: "He was a bit gassy early and I didn't want to go to soon, but I didn't have a lot of choice.

"The horse tried very hard."

Hannon, who also took the opener with Tupi and also had the first winner at Kempton, said: "I'm delighted. He's been off a long time.

"He went to Australia and it didn't pan out for him there.

"He's been working well. He got a bit fresh last week and didn't work as well as he could so we thought we'd run him here and thought it might bring him on.

"It looks like he's worthy of an entry in the Lockinge (Newbury).

"He's a gorgeous-looking horse and Ryan gave him a great ride."

Hannon continued: "I didn't fancy him at all because he didn't work great in the week and I thought he'd be too fresh.

"The Group Two at Sandown (bet365 Mile) looks the next obvious race as we'll build backwards from the Queen Anne (Royal Ascot) and the Lockinge, too.

"He's a lovely horse to have about the place. With his big, white face it makes him easy to spot.

"That was a special ride from Ryan. We can't always get him these days, especially on the big days, but it's nice to get him when we can."

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