Having endured a summer of waiting patiently, trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam hopes Uber Cool can continue to make up for lost time by creeping into next month’s Cesarewitch following his victory at Yarmouth.
Making his first start since recovering from an injury suffered in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, the four-year-old showed he was ready to roll when getting up by a head under Ray Dawson in the Dan Hague-Betting On The Rails Handicap.
The Newmarket handler said of the 17-2 winner: “He got struck into at Royal Ascot and had to have eight stitches in his near-fore joint, hence he had been off for 89 days.
“It is very frustrating that he had to have a little break because of the stitches, but that was good.
“You have got to have patience, and now that I’m in my 50s I’m learning what that is all about!”
She added: “I’m very pleased for Ray, as he is a kid on the up. He works very hard and deserved this ride.
“We have to have a go at the Cesarewitch, if we get in, but I don’t know if the penalty he picks up will push him forward up the list.”
There appears to be no secret to the talent possessed by Hidden Message, who earned a 33-1 quote with William Hill for the next year’s 1000 Guineas following her debut victory in the Ken Lindsay Memorial/EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Moving through the gears, the daughter of Scat Daddy ran out an impressive winner of the six-furlong contest to form the middle leg of a treble for jockey Oisin Murphy and send the prize back to the yard of Newmarket handler William Haggas for the second year running.
Haggas’ wife and assistant, Maureen, said of the 13-8 favourite: “William has taken his time and it has paid dividends really. She has done all right today as she is not the most straightforward. She has been a bit of a team effort.
“I think if William wanted to you could step her up into a Listed race or something of that ilk without too much problem.
“We’ve got a lot (of two-year-olds), but we need a good one, really, so let’s hope it’s her.”
It has been a long time in coming, but after 12 failed attempts Mazzini (6-1) finally opened his account on turf when completing Murphy’s haul in the Infobond Personnel Services 25th Anniversary Handicap.
Delighted trainer James Fanshawe said: “That is his first win on turf, but he has been unlucky on a couple of occasions. He doesn’t like being crowded and we didn’t want to make the running with the headwind.
“He is not straightforward, but he has done everything right today.”
A switch to faster ground proved key to the Archie Watson-trained Isaan Queen (4-1), who got the ball rolling for Murphy when taking the Bombardier Beer Nursery Handicap by two lengths.
Few horses can boast a victory at both of Norfolk’s racecourses, but the Lucy Wadham-trained Potters Lady Jane can after she added to her bumper win at Fakenham in February 2016 when obliging by three-quarters of a length in the British EBF Fillies’ Handicap.
Jockey Josephine Gordon said of the 13-2 winner, said: “I’ve been saying for ages she should have won on the Flat by now. She was unlucky at Leicester, as she didn’t like the track.”