Dr No says yes to Ascot trip

Last Updated: 20/05/14 6:01pm

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Stevie Donohoe: Struck on Captain Myles for Tim Pitt

Stevie Donohoe: Struck on Captain Myles for Tim Pitt

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Dr No earned himself a place among Richard Hannon's exciting Royal Ascot squad with a smart display in the EBF Stallions Happy 10th Birthday Racing UK Maiden at Nottingham.

It is not often any two-year-old from the trainer's formidable juvenile team goes off at 10/1, but that was the case with this son of Aussie Rules after a fairly inauspicious debut at Colwick Park a month ago.

Hugo Palmer's Aktabantay was all the rage for the six-furlong contest as the 1/4 favourite, having run a hugely promising race in defeat at Newmarket's Guineas meeting, but there did not appear to be any fluke about the way he was dismissed.

The odds-on shot cut out much of the running under Ryan Moore, but had no answer when Dr No and Richard Hughes swept by and there was a length and three-quarters in it at the line.

Paul Webber, best known as a trainer, also acts as racing manager for owners Denford Stud and confirmed the Coventry Stakes, a race the Hannons have won with Canford Cliffs (2009) and Strong Suit (2010) in recent years, was on Dr No's agenda.

"Prince Faisal (owner of Denford Stud) bred both the sire and the dam, so it's particularly exciting and his son named the horse," Webber told Racing UK.

"Six furlongs is fine for now. I've spoken to Richard Hannon and he says he's always been his Coventry horse and hopefully that will be his aim.

"Whether we can slot in another race or not, I wouldn't have a clue, but we'll look forward to that (Royal Ascot)."

Captain Myles made the most of his favourable starting berth to clinch the Download New Racing UK iPad App Handicap for trainer Tim Pitt and jockey Stevie Donohoe.

The 16/1 chance ploughed a lone furrow from his stands' rail draw and had enough in the tank late on to take the prize by a neck from Souville.

Pitt said: "We tried to stretch him a bit on the all-weather and it didn't quite work and then we had him in at a couple of spots and the ground was on the soft side.

"We thought we'd wait and come here, he got a nice draw and Stevie (Donohoe) has given him an absolute peach (of a ride).

"He'll probably end up in the July sales, but that was only his second start on grass and he's progressive."

The John Mackie-trained Hallstat (6/1) saw off 5/4 favourite Sir Frank Morgan by a couple of lengths in the two-mile PHS Group Handicap in the hands of Paul Mulrennan.

Mackie said: "He's a genuine little character and a superstar for us.

"Personally, I think he's a better horse in a lesser race with more weight, on a galloping track like this.

"He stays two miles well and acts on fast ground, which scares off a lot of people, as proven today. We'll look for more races like this."

Roger Varian and James Doyle teamed up to take the PHS Waterlogic Fillies' Handicap with 3/1 chance Thurayaat, while William Buick got John Gosden's 6/4 favourite Wannabe Yours up on the line in the PHS Washrooms Maiden Stakes.

Having been placed on eight of her 17 previous starts, filling the runner-up spot on six occasions, Mick Channon's 7/1 shot Rough Courte was not winning out of turn when landing the PHS Treadsmart Classified Stakes under top apprentice Charles Bishop.

The Celebrate 10 Years With RacingUK Anywhere Handicap brought proceedings to a close and 3/1 chance Ladweb sent favourite-backers home happy by touching off veteran sprinter Moorhouse Lad under Louis Steward.

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