Spain Burg sinks Fair Eva in Rockfel Stakes

Fair Eva's reputation suffered another glitch as she was beaten by French raider Spain Burg in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

Surprisingly only third in the Lowther Stakes at York after winning her first two starts in great style, the daughter of Frankel had no answer to the finishing burst of the cross-channel challenger.

Miss Infinity made the running, but Fair Eva was always prominent and was given every chance by Pat Smullen.

Though Fair Eva, the 4-9 favourite, did hit the front, Roger Charlton's charge did not pull clear of the opposition and was collared in the last 100 yards.

Spain Burg (14-1) went on to score cosily by a length and a quarter under Frankie Dettori to become the first French-trained winner of the Rockfel.

Miss Infinity stuck to her task well to take third place, just a neck away.

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The victory was a landmark one for trainer Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, who is based at Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France, where he has held a licence since late 2001.

He is a former assistant to top jumps trainer Francois Doumen and failed to visit the winner's enclosure with his first four British runners.

John Gosden enjoyed a Listed double earlier on the card, thanks to Laugh Aloud and Journey.

Laugh Aloud pulls clear to claim the Muhaarar Rosemary Stakes
Laugh Aloud pulls clear to claim the Muhaarar Rosemary Stakes

Laugh Aloud led her rivals a merry dance when she made virtually all of the running in the Muhaarar Rosemary Stakes.

Although she was just pegged back in her attempt to dominate from the front at Goodwood last time, the 9-1 shot did not suffer the same fate in race few got into.

Laugh Aloud took up matters round a furlong into the mile Listed contest and bounded clear under Rab Havlin to claim a two-and-three-quarter-length victory over Pirouette.

Stablemate Journey booked her return ticket to Qipco Champions Day later this month after recording back-to-back victories in the Princess Royal EBF Nayef Stakes.

While her margin of victory fell short of her eight-length success in the Listed contest 12 months ago, the result was nonetheless the same, with the well-supported 11-8 favourite making every yard of the running.

Journey, who was having her first start for 118 days, pulled comfortably clear of stablemate Lady Of Camelot to claim a three-and-a-quarter-length success under Dettori.

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