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Candy sprinter makes sweet Music

A review of the rest of Saturday's action from Newbury, including a first Group-race success for Henry Candy's Music Master.

Henry Candy's Music Master is in line for a return to the sprinting big league after a restorative victory in the Group Three Al Basti Equiworld Hackwood Stakes.

Fergus Sweeney gets on well with the four-year-old, who looked unlucky to be only fourth in the Golden Jubilee at Ascot, and he was released for a late charge.

Music Master (3/1 favourite) had to negotiate some trouble but showed a cutting turn of foot in the closing stages to get the better of Heeraat and Es Que Love by a neck and a short head.

Sweeney said: "He picked up well when it mattered. He's front-run for a long time, the last time was the first time really that we took him back and taught him to race properly.

"The lack of pace hasn't helped today, but he did it well at the business end.

"When I got him organised he quickened well.

"I think there is (a Group One in him), I think he was unlucky the way they split at Ascot and I think I'd have been closer to Slade Power."

Candy said: "After Ascot Fergus got off and said he was very unlucky. He said two things, and the most interesting was he's got the speed for five furlongs and if I wanted to run in the Nunthorpe then to do it. I think it would be quite an interesting thing to do.

"He's still pretty new to sprinting but I think a race like the Nunthorpe would suit him, as they go flat out.

"He deserved it. He didn't have much luck at Ascot and this is a bit of consolation. I don't see why he can't get even better."

Saab Almanal reaped the rewards for a short break and a drop in class to get on the winning trail in the Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Maiden Stakes at Newbury.

After finishing second twice, James Fanshawe was confident enough to give the colt a shot at the Dante, where he could only finish sixth, and he was feeling the effects when beaten by Wonderstruck in a good Newmarket maiden.

Saab Almanal (100/30) had Smiling Stranger to aim at, and pulled past him to win by a slightly cosy three-quarters of a length.

"It didn't look it at the time, but I think he had a hard race at York," said Fanshawe.

"He's still pretty raw, and we'll keep things small, but I do think he's a nice horse."