Bronze strikes gold as Gary misses out
Trainer Gary Moore was stuck in traffic on the way to Newbury and missed watching speedy filly Bronze Maquette deliver one of her best Flat successes to date in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes.
An early-season maiden winner at Brighton and eventually back in front in an Ascot nursery last month, the 10-1 chance was pitched into an open-looking five-furlong Listed event for fillies on the advice of jockey Jimmy Fortune.
As 7-2 joint-favourites in Blue Aegean and Dangerous Moonlight struggled and finished well out of the picture, Bronze Maquette took off down the middle of the track to score by a length and three-quarters from Al Fareej.
"I left the yard (in Sussex) at a quarter to one, and the M25 wasn't good," said Moore, who engaged Shane Kelly for the ride with Fortune currently suspended.
"I listened to it at the roundabout just outside the course. I started cheering in the car, so I don't know what other drivers would have thought!"
Moore, best known for training Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy, is not so often associated with top Flat horses.
"I won a Group Three in Ireland last year for the same owner (Richard Green) with Dutch Masterpiece, who I still think is a very good horse," he said.
"She's obviously improving and loves cut in the ground. She ran in a novice at Windsor, that was won by Kool Kompany, then I ran her in another one at Kempton and that was won by Limato.
"I thought she wanted seven, but it was Jimmy that said to go for this, so all credit to him.
"I'm not sure what I'll do now. It's probably job done as far as I'm concerned as she's in the Newmarket sales."
Kelly later doubled up on Luca Cumani's Blue Waltz (11-8 favourite) in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies Stakes.
Elm Park represented some very famous colours when pulling an impressive three lengths clear in the Don Deadman Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes.
The 9-4 favourite, a promising third on debut at Sandown, is owned by the Kingsclere Racing Club, who use the black and gold silks carried by the Balding family's greatest horse, Mill Reef.
Trainer Andrew Balding is in America, but his mother Lady Emma said: "Steve Woolley, who rode (Elm Park's sire) Phoenix Reach, says this is the nicest horse he's ridden since.
"It's the first time I've gone weak at the knees watching a race for a very long time.
"David (Probert) was very happy – he said it took him a long time to pull him up."
Kieren Fallon rode 4-1 shot My Sebastian to victory last night at Newmarket in the race Frankel landed on his debut four years ago, the EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
The Clare native won the preceding contest on Regal Parade.