George Scott and Charlie Austin team up to strike in Turkey with Another Batt

Sun 3 Sep 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Southampton striker Charlie Austin was delighted to celebrate the success of progressive two-year-old Another Batt in the International Trakya Trophy at Veliefendi in Istanbul on Sunday.

Austin is a founding member of Excel Racing, in whose colours the hardy son of Windsor Knot was appearing for the seventh time in three months since joining George Scott's Newmarket stable.

This was Another Batt's third win during that spell in which he has also been placed in three Listed races.

Connections decided to try their luck abroad and Austin admitted not being too keen on the idea at first.

Speaking from the Turkish racecourse, he said: "It was very exciting. The plan worked.

"When George put the idea to me a couple of months ago I was a bit apprehensive, but it was a no-brainer in the end. I'm so pleased.

"I didn't know what this place was like. They've been so good to us.

"Not only that, I'm pleased for Tom and Chris, the two stable lads who have come over with him. I never realised how much hard work all the stable staff put in.

"It's brilliant for me, George, the syndicate and everyone back at home."

The triumph was a feather in the cap for young trainer Scott as Another Batt scooped the £98,000 first prize.

Oisin Murphy stuck close to the pace set by Timetodaygoodbye before asking Another Batt for an effort.

He did so in style as he put the Group Three heat over six furlongs to bed quite quickly to win by a length and a half from Armondo.

Scott said: "Oisin gave him a perfect tactical ride. He's got good gate speed in this grade and was able to hold a good position.

"We keen to come down the middle of the track where the better ground was.

"He tends to idle a little bit when he's in front so he was good value for the winning margin in the end.

"He's a very versatile horse and he's improving physically the whole time.

"He's put on 28 kilos since he joined us which, considering he has run seven times, is brilliant.

"As he tries so hard it may be worth travelling him a little bit. He's taken this trip very well.

"I would imagine he might be on course for a short break before maybe a trip to Dubai, but that is something we'll all discuss."

Secret Number continued trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin's fine run in Turkey by storming to victory in the International Bosphorus Cup.

After their double with Leshlaa and Arabian Hope on Saturday, Secret Number overcame a 295-day absence with a professional performance in this Group Two contest over a mile and a half.

Gerald Mosse brought the seven-year-old with a powerful surge in the centre of the course as he scored by two lengths from the Andrew Balding-trained mare Elbereth.

Bin Suroor said: "Secret Number has won well - he had pleased me before this race.

"The pace was slow and this was his first start for a long time, which is why he pulled hard. The jockey did well again.

"There is no plan at the moment for Secret Number, but we will look for another Group race for him."

Mosse told http://www.godolphin.com: "It was a nice and easy victory.

"We always had the race under control."

The Godolphin team were just denied a double for the second day running when Dream Castle was edged out by German challenger Wonnemond in the Topkapi Trophy.

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