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Cape clears away to score

Published 16/04/2015

Cape Clear Island (left) scores at Newmarket
Cape Clear Island (left) scores at Newmarket

Ryan Moore was seen at his strongest in steering Cape Clear Island to a battling success in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-0 Trophy at Newmarket.

Held up at the rear of the field early on by the three-times champion jockey, the 14-1 shot joined the battle for the mile-and-a-quarter race late in the day.

Long-time leader and favourite Rocky Rider looked to have fought off the bulk of his rivals from the front, but the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner and eventual runner-up Greatest Journey forged ahead inside the final furlong.

Cape Clear Island continued to respond to pressure to get the better of Greatest Journey by a neck, with Rocky Rider a further head away in third.

Co-owner Michael Tabor said: "I think the price tells you it was a surprise. He is a nice horse and hopefully he will improve on that.

"I don't know if he is up for going for the Dante or to Chester, as I don't know if he is good enough. It is hard to say how good that race was."

Kurland created an instant impact on her racecourse debut after sauntering to an effortless success in the Montaz Restaurant EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Moving well throughout the five-furlong contest, the Martyn Meade-trained runner (8-1) was kept close to the front end of the race by Fergus Sweeney before smoothly asserting during the closing stages.

Once in the clear, she only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels to come home three and three-quarter lengths clear of 40-1 runner-up Sakhee's Jem.

Meade said: "She is a very exciting prospect, who had always worked really well at home. She was prepared for the moment and she has shown she was good enough.

"We will have a look at what time she did to see how good she is, then we can really get to work with her."

Winter House overcame early signs of greenness to come from well off the pace and open his account at the first time of asking in the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes.

Favourite Fallen For A Star and the hard-pulling Bermondsey took the field along early on in the mile contest and were still well in contention entering the final two furlongs.

As Bermondsey's run came to an end, Fallen For A Star continued to battle on but was powerless to prevent both Mustaaqeem and Winter House powering past.

It looked as though the Sir Michael Stoute-trained representative had got first run on the 8-1 shot, but with the post looming James Doyle managed to forge the son of Cape Cross into the lead to score by a neck.

Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "He will learn a lot from this race. He has been doing well in the mornings, but he is still a bit green. He didn't behave himself last year, but he is a different horse this year. He was only 80 per cent fit for today and I am sure he will improve for it.

"The next race for him will be a Listed race at Windsor on May 11."

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