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Anipa fells Oaks rivals

Anipa caused a minor shock in the Weatherbys Private Banking Cheshire Oaks when continuing her progression with a gritty success.

Coming in off the back of two previous wins, Roger Varian's filly was nibbled at in the market but was still sent off at 16-1 under Andrea Atzeni.

The winner is not in the Oaks at Epsom and would need to be supplemented.

Varian said: "She's a tough filly who keeps improving and having won at Windsor we thought she'd handle the track, which is why we came here.

"We were hoping to finish in the first three and I'm delighted she's won.

"At this stage, we wouldn't commit (to an Oaks run). We'll see how she comes out of the race. She does keep improving and surprising us a little bit, which is nice.

"I would think the Ribblesdale is the race to go for. Mr Bizakov (owner) is here and obviously I'll have a discussion with him, but I think the Ribblesdale is the likelihood (rather than Epsom).

"I'd be surprise if she was supplemented at this stage, but we'll have a discussion."

Mukhmal defied the highest draw of all in stall 10 to win the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes and book his ticket to Royal Ascot.

Mark Johnston's youngster was giving 6lb and more away to his rivals and had to come around the whole field before grabbing the rail after breaking smartly.

"It takes some doing (from that draw)," said winning jockey Paul Hanagan.

"I can't remember the last time I was drawn 10 of 10 here and won like that."

When asked if he felt the winner was Ascot material, he replied: "Yes."

The Norfolk Stakes is the likely target for Mukhmal at the Royal meeting.

Sir Maximilian (7-1) showed plenty of speed to swoop from behind and capture the Stellar Group Handicap.

Trainer Tim Pitt said: "Chester was the plan, I wanted to go for a seven-furlong race on Friday but I don't think he would have got in so this has worked out well."

Prince Of Stars justified 11-8 favouritism as he claimed the Boodles Diamond Maiden Stakes for John Gosden and William Buick.

As a son of Sea The Stars out of top-class filly Queen's Logic, he certainly boasts a Classic pedigree but had been very green on his first racecourse outing.

Gosdon said: "He's a promising colt and he definitely stays a mile and a quarter - I wouldn't want to bring him back in trip or step him up."

Swan Song (5-1), a daughter of the great Lochsong, showed her mother's speed to win the Stella Artois Conditions Stakes.

Trainer Andrew Balding said: "Jeff (Smith, owner) was adamant that she should remain in training and would improve.

"She's come back and fair play to Jeff, he was entirely right and it was his decision.

"She's always gone well at home, she has shown stacks of speed and she's a charming filly apart from at the stalls. She could keep on improving."

Balding and jockey David Probert made it a double in the last two races as relentless galloper Storm Force Ten (3-1 favourite) stuck on strongly to overhaul Swivel and just hold the charge of Captain Morley to claim the Diabetes UK Handicap.