Candy in the Twilight zone
Henry Candy is unleashing smart two-year-olds with regularity this summer and Twilight Son looked to be yet another for the resurgent trainer at Salisbury.
The Kyllachy colt is a half-brother to Group One-bound sprinter Music Master and went off at 5-1 for his debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Molson Coors Maiden Stakes.
Twilight Son still looked a bit green but had a charmed run up the fence to score by half a length from favourite Desert Force.
"I was frightened to even put Fergus (Sweeney) on his back but we found a nice quiet spot under the trees," said Candy.
"Everything came as a surprise to him. I won't be too hard on him this year, maybe find a novice and look forward to next year."
On comparisons with Music Master, who was fourth on his racecourse bow in this race two years ago, Candy said: "He looks more and more like him every day."
Recent Goodwood winner Grigolo doubled up in the SH Jones Wines Nursery. With odds-on favourite Darshini largely struggling under Ryan Moore, Silvestre de Sousa's mount (9-2) made the running and held off the late challenge of When Will It End by a length and a half.
Calvin McCormack, representing trainer Mark Johnston, said: "He's a very big horse and looks more like a three-year-old than a two-year-old.
"He's still green but tries hard."
Marcus Tregoning's Between Wickets (8-1) came with a late run to collect the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup.
The 8-1 chance had been placed four times before getting off the mark in a Chester maiden and needed to be angled late by Martin Dwyer before quickening down the outside and beating Potentate by a length and a quarter.
"That was good," said the trainer. "The hood has helped him. He missed the break as I think he was looking at the filly in the stall next to him, but he's progressive at the moment."