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Malabar steals the show

A round-up of the early action from Ascot where Malabar broke the juvenile track record in the opener.

Malabar was back at Ascot in rather different circumstances to open her account in the John Guest EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The last time Mick Channon's juvenile had been at the Berkshire track, she had finished a terrific fourth in the Albany Stakes.

Sent off the 8/15 favourite under Willy Twiston-Davies, Malabar was ridden confidently but had to see off a strong challenge from Mistrusting before pulling a length and three-quarters away.

Channon said: "I was tempted to run her at Sandown yesterday (in the Listed Star Stakes) but this looked a good race for her.

"She should have won first time at Haydock and I really wanted to get a win into her. She's in the Moyglare at the Curragh, then there's Goodwood (Prestige Stakes). She has lots of options."

Bronze Maquette (3/1) and Jimmy Fortune edged out Anastazia by a neck in the Mitie Total Security Management Nursery.

While there had been a course record in the opening race, the heavens opened for the period up until the second race and jockeys felt the ground was getting slower.

Gary Moore's winner kept out of trouble near the rail, but Wiliam Buick briefly lost an iron on the unplaced Dubai Breeze.

"It's definitely getting in," said Fortune. "She was game as she was giving weight away."

Jamie Spencer, on third-placed Alpine Affair, described the going as being "on the easy side of good".

Maid In Rio booked her place for next week's Goodwood Stakes with an emphatic victory in the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes.

Like a typically-improving Mark Johnston stayer, the Captain Rio filly was taking her recent record to five wins from her last six starts.

After bolting up from the front at Newmarket a week ago, it was the same again for the 5/2 favourite with Silvestre de Sousa easing up long before she passed the line nine lengths clear.

Twelve months ago, Broxbourne had landed both events for the stable and Johnston said: "We were originally worried she wouldn't get in at Goodwood, she's right down the bottom of the weights, but there aren't too many runners in the two-mile-five race and she gets a penalty.

"Although she's a Captain Rio, there's stamina on the dam's side and she's done really well when stepped up in trip."