Mankib makes most of Listed opportunity at Newbury

Fri 21 Sep 2018

A return to Pattern-race company is likely to be back on the agenda for Mankib after he returned to winning ways with a decisive victory in the Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes at Newbury.

The son of Tamayuz, who contested last year’s French 2000 Guineas, gave owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum back-to-back victories in the seven-furlong Listed contest, defeating Good Effort by four and a half lengths to secure his third win since joining William Haggas.

Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said of the 4-1 chance: “Chelmsford all went wrong last time. He looked well today and he settled well. He just looked in a good place and ran a good race. He seemed to enjoy the ground.

“He was at Shadwell for quite a while before he came to us and he had a few issues which they did really nice job on, and he came into us in good shape. I think he just needed to get his confidence back really.

“He has got a penalty in a Listed race now so you may as well kick on, but that is not my department.”

Owner Andrew Rosen had plenty to celebrate from his base in New York as Fashion’s Star (3-1) secured an impressive length-and-a-quarter victory on her debut in the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes.

Trainer Roger Charlton said: “He is a very keen owner and a great supporter of English racing.

“I think that was very satisfactory in tough conditions. She did everything right and looked very professional.

“She will get a mile, but I don’t think she will be a mile-and-a-half filly. I’d be inclined to think that may be it for the year. I’m not going to be rushing her into something big.”

The Richard Hannon-trained Dirty Rascal (11-10) could finally get the chance to prove himself at a higher level after defying top-weight to take the Dubai Duty Free Nursery Handicap by two and a quarter lengths.

Hannon said: “Tom (Marquand) said he felt like he preferred that ground. He was unlucky in the sales race at Doncaster, but it was great getting £60,000 for being second.

“I’ve a feeling he might be a Listed horse. He has had a few runs, but he has run well in every single one of them.

“There is the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract and that might be something for him.”

Communique (9-2) may have been on the go since March but the Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old showed a long season has yet to catch up with him in claiming a fourth win of the campaign in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.

Victorious rider Silvestre de Sousa said: “He has been quite a busy horse this year and is an improving three-year-old type. The mile and a half is now a more suitable trip for him.”

Breath Of Air (9-4) encountered none of the traffic problems he suffered on his debut at Salisbury, as he demolished his rivals by three and three-quarter lengths when making all in division two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

“He was unlucky at Salisbury as he got caught in a bit of a pocket. He did everything professionally today. Hopefully he will go to some nice races next year,” said trainer Charlie Hills.

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