Hill helps Yaqeen become star turn
Yaqeen proved the classiest filly on ladies' night at Yarmouth.Richard Hills piloted the Michael Jarvis trained three-year-old (5-4f) to an impressive win in the Virginia Stakes listed feature race at the seaside track.
Yaqeen proved the classiest filly on ladies' night at Yarmouth.
Richard Hills piloted the Michael Jarvis trained three-year-old (5-4f) to an impressive win in the Virginia Stakes listed feature race at the seaside track.
Hills coaxed a gentle effort two out to land the spoils from Luca Cumani's rangy group one entrant Samira Gold.
Hamdan Al Maktoum's 1000 Guineas performer handled the step up in trip after failing to fire on soft ground in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot.
“She's a really nice filly who hasn't done a lot wrong this year,” said Hills. “We were a bit unlucky in the Guineas and she definitely needed good, fast ground for the Coronation. We decided to step her back into listed company to get a win and it worked quite well.
“The horse has a great cruising speed and relaxes so easily which makes my job much easier. Nicky Mackay on the second felt he was a bit unlucky when we came back in, but I told him he wouldn't have beaten my filly.
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“Looking back at the replay I just had to give her a couple of backhanders. She was never really asked to stretch properly. I was in a little bit of trouble when they came after me, but luckily I was in already in a good position.
“I think she can handle moving back up in class. I felt we should probably have been fourth in the Guineas. For me, one and quarter miles is her best trip.”
Jamie Spencer landed a short-priced double to move within two winners of Seb Sanders in the battle for the jockeys' championship - Sanders drawing a blank at Brighton and Kempton.
Spencer's Caught in Paradise (8-11f) touched off Mama Leo in a thrilling photo finish to the totexacta Selling Nursery.
Punters plunged on the opening 11-10 in places for Andy Haynes' long distance West Country raider who appreciated the drop in trip for a distant fifth at Brighton earlier this month.
Spencer enjoyed an armchair ride on Bronze Star (evens fav) in the totesport Claiming Stakes for the inform James Fanshawe yard. Spencer popped out of the stalls to dictate proceedings in a race delayed 25 minutes - young apprentice Gihan Arnolda suffering a suspected pelvic injury when thrown from rank outsider Ellie Lewtia in the parade ring.
Morning steamer Fourth Dimension (13-2) denied Spencer a treble with a gutsy display to pinch the last. Adam Kirby obliged for Teresa Spearing's game eight-year-old having only its second appearance after a 21-month course absence.
John Gosden's well-bred American colt Raven's Pass (20-1) claimed a big priced opener. David Kinsella switched the winner off in the early exchanges before cajoling a fast finishing stand side effort. Gosden's stable jockey, Jimmy Fortune, was edged out of the placings on Copywriter.
Kevin Darley made all on Silver Prelude (11-2) to foil the veteran Multahab in the totesport.com Handicap. The second looked close to a winning handicap mark after being dropped nine pounds for a modest effort at Brighton.