Cambridge excels for Hills
Charlie Hills has another nice horse with which to go to war next season after Cambridge created a sound impression on her debut at Nottingham.
The Rail Link filly, who had a real presence about her in the preliminaries, needed every yard of the extended one mile on her debut and ran out a cosy winner, beating Regardez by three-quarters of a length in the Sir Henry Cecil Oh So Sharp Stakes EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
The 16-1 chance appeared to get outpaced when the race began to unfold at the three-furlong pole, but
she showed a great attitude to beat a filly boasting previous racecourse experience.
"She's a massive, scopey filly from a good family and she loved the ground," said jockey Ted Durcan.
"She was extremely impressive and will be better over further next season."
Frankie Dettori suffered an ankle injury after he fell from Eland Ally on the way to post for the 32Red.com Handicap, but he at least had a winner when Fair Flutter struck in the 32 Bonus At 32Red.com Nursery.
Richard Fahey's inmate was tenacious and gutsy where it mattered most and got up to defeat Haayil by a nose.
Dettori said of the 9-4 joint-favourite: "It was a moderate event, but he tries very hard and got there for me on the line."
Perfect Pasture later justified 9-4 favouritism for trainer Mick Easterby and jockey Graham Gibbons in Eland Ally's race.
The three-year-old was always in a handy position next to the rail after having broken from the stalls well, but Gibbons' partner did not look totally straightforward.
Perfect Pasture still made just about all of the running to defeat Willbeme by half a length.
Serena Brotherton, who was representing winning connections, said: "He's improving for every run and the headgear has clearly helped.
"He's been lucky again with his draw and now the penny has dropped, we think he'll be a better horse next year."
Andrea Atzeni rode a double on the card, which was held in memory of the legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil, and got the ball rolling aboard Sensiz (20-1) in the 32Red Casino Maiden Stakes.
Roger Varian's filly knuckled down well inside in the final furlong to thwart Musaddas' attempt to make all of the running. She scored by half a length.
Varian's travelling head lad Paul Rutter said: "She was always going to get there.
"She was very babyish at Doncaster on her first start, but has shown a good level of improvement since.
"She could turn into a good filly and that looked a good maiden."
Atzeni put back-to-back wins together courtesy of Saigon City (5-1) in the 32Red Handicap.
Luca Cumani's three-year-old swooped late to defeat Magistral by a neck, but the talented jockey was always confident in the plate.
Atzeni said: "I always felt happy and he picked up when I got him out into the clear.
"He's still a big baby and was running around a bit, but he's improving mentally and should go on any ground."
Amahoro (5-1) continued the good form of Mick Channon's yard with victory in the Sir Henry Cecil Slip Anchor EBF Maiden Stakes.
Silvestre de Sousa's partner picked up nicely down the centre of the track and won going away by two and three-quarter lengths from Qatar Princess.
De Sousa said: "She travelled stylishly and when I asked her to quicken up she did it well.
"Mr Channon told me she's a nice filly and she's doing everything right at home.
"He was a little disappointed with the way she ran at Pontefract but told me to ride her like a good horse."
The 32RedPoker.com AJA Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap went the way of Valentine's Gift (20-1).
Neville Bycroft's gelding, ridden by Catherine Walton, ran out a comfortable one-and- three-quarter-length winner from Batgirl.