Fire Wind breezes to victory at Newbury
Last Updated: 16/08/13 4:50pm
Fire Wind: Impressive winner
Wind Fire could be turned out at York again next week after landing the Listed Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes at Newbury on Friday afternoon.
A reliable performer for David Brown and Qatar Racing, the 7-4 chance had won a maiden at Sandown and was a thoroughly respectable third to the American rocket No Nay Never at Royal Ascot.
James Tate's outsider Excel's Beauty had rushed to the front in the five-furlong dash but Ryan Moore grabbed the rail on Wind Fire and she eventually won by a length, with 5-4 favourite Lilbourne Lass unable to catch up in third.
"Ryan said we've only seen a fraction of her," said Brown.
"The other one went clear, but having the rail helped. We thought we'd come here really as her final bit of work and then go to the Lowther, subject to me being happy with her.
"Otherwise there's the Flying Childers later on."
Harry Bentley was redirected to Newbury in his role as Qatar Racing's second jockey and he was rewarded with a winner in division one of the Don Deadman Memorial European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes with God Willing.
Ed Dunlop's newcomer went off at 6-1 and travelled strongly up the rail to deprive the already experienced Raise Your Gaze by a neck.
The runner-up is part-owned by Julie Deadman, who sponsors the race in honour of her late father and is best known for her association with Group One winner Reckless Abandon.
"I was supposed to be riding at Newcastle for the firm, but the horse was withdrawn and I came here," said Bentley.
"We quite liked him at home and were expecting a nice run so this is a good result. The second was fourth at Sandown, so it could have been a decent race."
The second division of the maiden had some even better-bred two-year-olds in the line-up and 6-4 favourite Barley Mow led them home in a time nearly three seconds quicker.
Owner Lady Rothschild and her son Nat had come to Berkshire to watch their half-brother to Glean, a winner of division one last year, and he did not let them down as he came through swiftly in the closing stages to deny the positively-ridden Yuften by a neck.
"He's by Zamindar and we'll probably put him away for a month," said trainer Richard Hannon.
"He won't do much this year, maybe one more run, but he could be a proper horse. We always thought he was pretty good and there were four and a half lengths back to the third."
Ryan Moore has developed a phenomenal strike rate for Richard Fahey, including with the Goodwood victory of Garswood, and it was extended to five wins from eight rides this season in the Christopher Smith Associates Claiming Stakes.
Tatlisu went off at 7-1 despite dropping down from respectable efforts in handicaps, including winning at Leicester in the middle of June.
Hughes and 9-4 favourite Balty Boys served it up to Tatlisu, but Middleham Park Racing's gelding kept him at bay by a neck.
Poyle Thomas (11-2) came out ahead in a three-day dive for the line in the Punter Southall Transaction Services Handicap.
Ralph Beckett's gelding has only been beaten twice in five runs and stuck it out gamely for Jim Crowley to finish a neck and a short-head in front of Continuum and Sir Bedivere.
Charlie Duckworth, the trainer's assistant, said: "He only came to us as a four-year-old, so there hadn't been anything keeping him off the track at two or three.
"He's just kept progressing and these longer trips have been the making of him."