Hannon juvenile run continues
Richard Hannon unleashed another potentially smart juvenile on Monday in the shape of Zurigha at Kempton.
A half-sister to the former Richard Fahey-trained Lily's Angel, who was second in the Super Sprint and Sweet Solera during a busy campaign last summer, there was plenty to like about her debut in the first division of the 32Red/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Godolphin's Mar Mar was sent off the short-priced favourite on the back of finishing second at Salisbury earlier in the month and while she briefly threatened under Frankie Dettori, Richard Hughes' mount (13/2) found more under pressure to win by a neck.
The roles were reversed in the second division, however, as Intiba (evens favourite) always looked like getting the better of the Hughes-ridden Three Choirs.
Second to the highly-regarded Lanansaak on debut, Dettori was in the pole position just behind Hughes throughout and while he had to work harder than looked likely at one stage, he won by just over a length. The well-backed Pearl Street caught the eye on debut in fourth.
Dettori did not need to work as hard earlier in the afternoon and cannot have ridden many easier winners this season than Lord Provost in the 32Red.com/British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Stakes.
Fifth of six on debut at Goodwood, the Teofilo colt knew far more about the job this time and with Dettori on board out of three Godolphin runners in the race, the punters picked the right one.
Sent off the 9/4 favourite, Lord Provost won by a heavily eased-down four lengths from his Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained stablemate Raven's Tower.
On a card that featured a few interesting maidens Michael Bell's George Cinq (6/1) may have won the strongest of them.
Having shown promise when sixth of 12 on his Newmarket debut the son of Pastoral Pursuits appreciated the step up to seven furlongs in the 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Racing keenly early, Hayley Turner then decided to give him his head and he swept around the outside of the field in some style.
Al Zarooni's Ormindo had the benefit of the rail and an extra race under his belt but George Cinq was a cosy length clear at the line.
"He showed promise first time out and he has been working very well at home," said Bell.
"It was not an unexpected win by any means.
"Hopefully he'll be a nice horse next year, I can see him being an above-average handicapper over a mile.
"He's a lovely big horse, has a great temperament and touch wood he's been very sound to date."
The feature race went the way of Andrew Balding's Intransigent (5-2 favourite) who confirmed his love affair with Polytrack in the 32Red Handicap.
Jimmy Fortune sat off a frenetic early pace before poking his mount through a gap and quickening clear in fine style.
Racing in the colours made famous by Mill Reef, Intransigent has now won three and been second from four runs on an artificial surface.
In beating Poole Harbour off a mark of 93, Intransigent's days in handicaps could be over.
Ed Walker's Ruscello won his fourth race of the year dropped in class a little for the £32 Free At 32Red.com Handicap.
Not beaten far in a valuable heat at Ascot last time, George Baker could be spotted travelling ominously well two furlongs out and having bagged the rail the 9/4 favourite held off Nordic Quest by half a length.