Vanity a grand winner for Balding

A review of the rest of Salisbury's meeting on Thursday as Andrew Balding registered his 1000th Flat winner.

Oisin Murphy riding Poet's Vanity easily win the Virginia Walwyn Memorial EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes

Poet's Vanity gave trainer Andrew Balding his 1000th Flat winner in the UK after clearing away stylishly in the opening division of the Virginia Walwyn Memorial EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.

Sent straight to the front by Oisin Murphy the 6/1 chance never saw another rival as she stepped up on her debut fourth at Newmarket to floor odds-on favourite Contentment by 10 lengths.

Balding said: "She is a lovely filly and is a great to have a winner for the owners who have been with me from the start.

"She looked a nice filly at home and we were a little bit disappointed first time out, but she got a bit tired and was a bit green. That was much more like it today.

"She had done plenty of work at home and had the experience. We decided to keep it simple as she has a good turn of foot. We will find a nice race for her now."

Sylvester Kirk has a trip to Chantilly in October for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in mind for Salouen following his victory in the Lester Brunt Wealth Management EBF Stallions Novice Stakes.

Despite not being suited by the early slow pace, the 11/10 favourite may now follow in the hoofprints of last year's winner Ventura Storm, who took in the Group One contest on his next start, by going one better than his second in a Group Three at Sandown to defeat Sea Fox by half a length.

Kirk said: "The slow pace didn't suit him, but he still won. I expected him to do that, but I didn't want him out in front to be shot at.

"He gets every inch of a mile but he got away with that today. I've put him in the Autumn Stakes and the Jean-Luc Lagardere.

"It was over a month away until either of those and although it was only 12 days after his last run he was jumping out of his skin so we took a gamble to run today.

"We might just go to Paris for a day out and take on the big boys."

Marcus Tregoning will now take a serious look at the Group-race engagements by the name of Argenterie after she claimed an equally emphatic success in the second division of the seven-furlong contest.

The even-money favourite, who holds entries in the Rockfel Stakes and Fillies' Mile, only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels from the front by Martin Dwyer before claiming an eased-down three-and-a-quarter-length success.

Tregoning said: "She is pretty exciting and ran a tremendous race at Goodwood (third on debut at 66/1). She paid a few people's hotel bills that night.

"She would have run in the Washington Singer at Newbury but we were not very happy with her the day before so we just gave her a bit longer.

"She will take up one of those options now (Fillies' Mile or Rockfel) but the decision is up to Kirsten Rausing. It is important for these owner-bred fillies to get black type at two."

After partnering Madam Dancealot to glory in the feature Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes jockey Tom Queally chalked up a quick-fire brace when steering the Gary Moore-trained Rydan (8/1) to a first success of the season in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap.

Moore said: "It was probably me running him on the wrong ground. He ran a quite a good race at Newmarket on a bit faster ground. That's when penny dropped for both us.

"He run well at Sandown the other day and that sharpened him as he came good today."

The David Evans-trained Princess Way (9/2) improved on her second place gained at Lingfield 24 hours earlier when taking the Irish Yearling Sales Nursery Handicap, while the concluding Littleton Stud Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap went the way of Ocean Ready (100/30) from the yard of Sir Mark Prescott.

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