Shutter Speed impresses at Yarmouth
While Classic glory may have escaped John Gosden this season, Shutter Speed earned a quote for next year's Investec Oaks after making a winning debut in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth.
John Gosden: Yarmouth winner
Despite having gone in her coat, the daughter of Dansili made her class tell in the mile prize when only needing to be pushed out by Frankie Dettori to get the better of the more experienced Song Maker by a neck.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned winner – who formed the first leg of a double for Dettori – was introduced at 33-1 by Paddy Power for the mile-and-a-half fillies' Classic at Epsom in June.
Gosden said of his 5-1 scorer: "She has always been a very classy filly. I wanted to run her three weeks ago, but I was not happy with her scope results. She has come here and gone in her coat and is ready for the winter.
"She would prefer to bounce off the ground and has done it purely on class. Frankie won it with the minimum of effort. She is a very nice filly for the future.
"Her breeding suggests a mile, but everything she does she does easily and is the kind of filly I see at a mile and a quarter.
"This is perfect timing as she won't run again and we can dream."
There was further success for Dettori after he galvanised top weight Harwoods Volante (8-1) to victory by three-quarters of a length in the Optimist Design Ltd Handicap on a rare ride for trainer David O'Meara.
Dettori said: "The race fell right for me. They went a good pace, all the gaps came at the right time and it worked out."
Although much has been made about the first-season success Frankel has achieved as a sire, former July Cup winner Mayson is another that has seen his opening crop prosper – a statistic enhanced by the victory of Loving in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Maiden Stakes.
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Having only found one too good on her debut at Haydock the 13-8 favourite – one of two runners in the six-furlong contest for trainer William Haggas – went one better when defeating Coral Sea by a length and a half.
Sam Haggas, representing his father, said: "She picked up very well and travelled well and did it with a good bit in hand. She looks to have taken a step forward.
"Ryan Moore was pleased with her. She travelled well and looks to have a good bit of pace on her. Today was over six and Ryan seems to think that is fine. She might be out again this season."
Savannah Slew demonstrated what she is capable of achieving when on her best behaviour in the "Great Times Britannia And Wellington Piers" Nursery Handicap.
After cutting loose at Leicester in August and refusing to go in the stalls at the track last month, the 11-1 shot, sporting a first-time hood, got her act together in the six-furlong contest when finishing to good effect to defeat favourite Party Tiger by a length and a half.
Winning trainer James Given said: "She is a little bit quirky, but she is talented as you have seen today.
"We've had two abortive efforts with her as she got loose in one and refused to go in.
"I did feel if she went in she would get involved in the race. She travelled well, even though she was a bit further back than one would have liked on ground like that.
"If she keeps her mind she will win again. Whether that is this year or next year, I'm not sure. If there is something before the end of the season on ground like that she will be out again."
Stoked (9-1) took a first win since landing a maiden at Nottingham more than two years ago when making the most of a drop in class for a half-length success in the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap.
Trainer Charles Smith enjoyed his first winner of the campaign after Robbian (33-1) recorded a shock in the first division of the La Continental Cafe In Yarmouth Handicap.
The second division went the way of 9-4 favourite Zippy for Daniel Kubler and Josephine Gordon, a race that was much delayed after the Christine Dunnett-trained Baileys Pursuit got loose.
It also saw David Parkes stretchered off the track and taken for X-rays on a suspected broken ankle following an incident aboard another Dunnett runner, Humour.
As the doctor had to go with Parkes in the ambulance, the decision was taken to abandon the last race on the card as it would not be able to run it in daylight when sufficient medical cover had been restored.
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