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  • 15:40 totepool Lola Faulkner Conditions Stakes5f 13y

  • £12,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £7,470 2nd £2,237 3rd £1,118 4th £559
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 1.48s
  • Off time: 15:41:38

Smooth success for Pearl Secret at Nottingham

Last Updated: 09/04/14 4:40pm

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Pearl Secret (left), ridden by Jamie Spencer, on his way to victory at Nottingham

Pearl Secret (left), ridden by Jamie Spencer, on his way to victory at Nottingham

The David Barron-trained sprinter Pearl Secret made no mistake on his return to action in the totepool Lola Faulkner Conditions Stakes at Nottingham.

Barron has spoken extremely highly of the son of Compton Place since day one and he duly won the first four starts of his career.

Last season, however, Pearl Secret was restricted to just one public outing, finishing third to Sole Power in the King's Stand Stakes.

A return to Royal Ascot this summer looks very much on the agenda again after the 30/100 chance brushed aside inferior rivals at Colwick Park.

Jamie Spencer held the red-hot favourite at the back of the six-runner field and although he raced with the choke out in the early stages, he moved sweetly to join leader Fine 'n Dandy around two furlongs out.

Graphic Guest emerged as the main danger entering the last of the five furlongs but Pearl Secret stretched clear under hands and heels encouragement to record a two and three-quarter length triumph.

"The main thing was to try to get him back on a racecourse. Last year, when he fractured a splint bone, we were in trouble and didn't know whether we would get him back or not," Barron told Racing UK.

"We've just managed to get him back on the course. It was a case of having to be patient with him.

"He's very enthusiastic - at home you have to keep a lid on him.

"He does love a bit of cut in the ground. I'm quite sure he will go on quicker ground, it's just that we know for definite he goes on slower ground. We will always be a little wary of faster ground for him, anyway.

"Jamie said when he came in this horse was quicker than he was and he's always been very quick.

"Today they weren't going quick enough for him early on, and he was doing a bit too much, but in the league he's going to be running in they will be going quick enough for him.

"All the big sprints will be on the cards for him, hopefully, if we can keep him in one piece.

"The signs are good and we'd like to have a tilt at one or two of them."

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