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Daisy delights at Goodwood

Hughie Morrison believes the future is bright for Marsh Daisy after an impressive display in the Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes.

Fourth on her Newbury debut before scraping home at Ascot a fortnight ago, the Pivotal filly was a 7-1 shot stepped up in class at Goodwood and glided through the soft ground in the hands of Pat Dobbs.

After being brought to the stands side to challenge in the home straight, Marsh Daisy picked up well to put the race to bed and passed the post with a cosy two lengths in hand over Eastern Belle.

The Listed contest has served as a trial for the Investec Oaks in the past, with Snow Fairy the last horse to win both races four years ago, but Marsh Daisy is not entered in the fillies' Classic and appears unlikely to be added to the Epsom field.

Morrison said: "She's done very little. We don't over-train her at home and she's quite a light filly. She's basically proved on the racecourse what a decent filly she is.

"Pat said she skipped through the ground and we always thought she'd get a trip - I think she'll get a mile and a half no trouble.

"We've got no firm plans. She hasn't got an Oaks entry and I don't think Epsom would be her track anyhow.

"I suspect we'll look at something like the Lancashire Oaks (at Haydock). I haven't thought about going abroad.

"She'll make a nice staying filly in the autumn."

Portamento may have earned himself a trip to Royal Ascot after making most of the running in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes under William Buick.

Charlie Appleby's Godolphin colt looked badly in need of the experience when fifth on his debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting last month, but it was clearly not lost on him.

Stepping up from five to six furlongs, the 9-4 chance proved much too strong as he came home four lengths ahead of hot favourite Estidhkaar.

"He ran in a novice at Newmarket, so he was running against experienced horses that day," Appleby told Racing UK.

"He came out of the race well and physically and mentally he's done very well since then.

"Coming into today we were very confident and ground-wise, it didn't really worry us as Shamardal's tend to go on any ground.

"Ascot is always on everybody's mind at this time of the year. We'll get him back home, he'll probably go into the melting pot and he is a potential Ascot horse."

The summer showpiece meeting might also be on the agenda for Royal Hunt Cup contender Russian Realm after the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 5-4 favourite ran away with the winnerevents.com Handicap in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Local trainer William Knight will be quite happy to stick to Goodwood with Story Writer following his gritty victory in the Weatherbys Sports Publishing Handicap.

After a punishing two miles, it came down a straight fight between Knight's 9-2 shot and 20-1 chance Kashgar and the better-fancied runner prevailed by a neck under a power-packed Andrea Atzeni drive.

Knight said: "He was second here over a mile and six (furlongs) last time and we felt the extra couple of furlongs would help him - that with the combination of the rain we had last night. He likes that soft ground.

"He handles Goodwood, which is a bonus, so if we can pick and choose races here that would be great."

Trainer David Evans and jockey Franny Norton combined to take the Wright Joinery Company Handicap with 25-1 shot Solo Hunter, while Amanda Perrett's 9-4 favourite Black Shadow dominated proceedings in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes under a well-judged ride from Tom Queally.

The concluding TJ Group Apprentice Stakes went to 6-1 shot Eastern Dragon, trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Jack Duern.