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Jag hits top gear at Salisbury

Jaganory is set for a quick turnaround at Royal Ascot next week following his striking victory at Salisbury.

The David Evans-trained youngster made most of the running in division two of the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Auction Stakes and was good value for his length-and-three-quarters defeat of the well-backed Vegas Rebel.

Evans said of the 3-1 co-favourite: "We said that if he ran well in this he'd go for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot."

Jockey Adam Kirby said: "I'm really pleased with that. He enjoyed the good ground but he was still green in the closing stages.

"He stayed the (six-furlong) trip well. He's certainly not slow and he'll stay further so hopefully he'll be OK."

Rosehill Artist (8-1) is seemingly developing into a Salisbury specialist after winning the feature EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Margadale Fillies' Handicap.

The Charlie Hills-trained three-year-old won a maiden at the track last season and was third on her most recent visit to the track last month.

She turned the form around with the winner that day, Crystal Nymph, in no uncertain terms and then held off the late run of John Gosden's promising filly Seagull by a neck.

Winning jockey Jamie Spencer told Racing UK: "We went a really strong pace.

"She did well to hold on because it's really good ground.

"She tried really hard but I thought she'd had a target on her back because we were there to be shot at.

"Thankfully the line came in time."

Another horse well at home at Salisbury is Malcolm Saunders' Sunny Future (7-1), who notched a fourth course win by claiming back-to-back renewals of the ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap.

George Baker made all the running at his leisure and ran out an impressive two-and-three-quarter-length winner from Fanzine.

Eve Johnson Houghton, fresh from a victory at Epsom on Derby day, saddled her first juvenile winner of the campaign with Room Key (12-1) in division one of the maiden.

Very green initially, the Derby entry soon cottoned on and beat odds-on favourite Little Palaver by three-quarters of a length under Dane O'Neill.

The jockey said: "That was very good, especially because Eve thought he'd need it.

"He was looking around a bit and I hit the front too soon but he's got a lovely stride and that took him there without any effort.

"He went down to the start green but came back like an experienced horse.

"He's professional, quick and likeable."

Seven Lucky Seven (14-1) was a nine-race maiden going into the Molson Coors Handicap but James Doyle's partner forged three and three-quarters lengths clear of Dream Impossible on his third start for Nick Littmoden.

Doyle said: "Mr Littmoden told me he was the best work-horse he had.

"The plan was to make it but they went a good gallop.

"When he hit the front he just had a look about but in the end I've probably won by too far."

Littmoden again hit the target 35 minutes later when Meridius (16-1) denied Intomist by a neck in the concluding CGA Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap.