Norton makes most of Stoute chance
Franny Norton is not called upon by Sir Michael Stoute too often but he seized his chance aboard Mango Diva at Salisbury.
There is a huge three-year-old allowance at this stage of the season and with stable jockey Ryan Moore unable to manage 8st 5lb, the veteran Liverpudlian stepped in in the European Breeders' Fund Upavon Fillies' Stakes.
Norton might have been regretting it when Mango Diva (5-1) was very reluctant to enter the stalls but she behaved beautifully during the race and picked up nicely from close to the pace to secure Listed honours by half a length.
Moore was a late replacement for the delayed Kieren Fallon on Hippy Hippy Shake, who closed to snatch second.
Mango Diva chased the smart Hot Snap home on her debut at Kempton last September but never really featured when sent off favourite for the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
"It was just stubbornness more than anything," said Norton, who had ridden one winner from six previous rides for Stoute over the last five years.
"They didn't go that quick and maybe set things up for me in front, but she only needed a couple of taps to finish the job."
James Savage, Stoute's representative, said: "It was good horsemanship from Franny and some great assistance from the stalls handlers.
"Ryan's minimum is 8st 6lb, and he was very honest about it as every pound counts in Listed races.
"She's well-bred and I would imagine she'll stick at a mile and a quarter. I should think the boss and the owner will have a chat next week."
Moore and Stoute earlier picked up the Goldring Security Services Pembroke Cup with an intriguingly unexposed colt.
Russian Realm (5-2 joint-favourite), a son of Russian Rhythm, had finished third to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Remote on his final start in maiden company during the spring.
John Marsh, manager of owner-breeders Cheveley Park Stud, said: "Sir Michael has taken plenty of time with him and he did it nicely. I thought he needed every yard of the mile there."
Asked if the Betfred Cambridgeshire might come into the equation, he said: "It might do. I suppose we won it with a similar sort of horse in Pipedreamer, although he was a bit more advanced than this guy."
The Wiltshire course executive believe Richard Hannon once reached 20 winners at his second home during one season and he will surely get close to the tally after starting the afternoon on 14.
Cheveley Park's Showpiece was quite well-backed at 9-2 for the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Molson Coors Maiden Stakes despite blowing out at Newmarket recently, but he quickened up smartly to initiate Moore's treble.
"I haven't had horses for Cheveley Park for six years, and this is the only one at the moment," said Hannon.
"Ryan said he's a lovely colt. I'd imagine he'd go for a novice over seven furlongs now."
Truth Or Dare (4-5 favourite), who has raced exclusively at the course, appeared a little on and off the bridle in the Stevens Garnier Ltd Nursery but he eventually stood up to be counted under Richard Hughes and sailed two and a quarter lengths clear of Finn Class.
"Hughesie said they were going six-furlong pace and it was just a matter of getting him settled," said Hannon.
"He'd stay a mile and a quarter so he could be one for the Zetland Stakes (late-season at Newmarket)."
James Doyle was tested by Lisa's Legacy (7-2) but the classy rider continued the good run of new trainer Daniel Kubler in the Champagne Joseph Perrier Handicap.
Jonathan Willetts just got up on Perfect Mission (9-2) in the CGA Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap.