sport

Spirit strikes for Hannon

A review of the rest of Thursday's action from Newmarket, where Spirit Of Xian won the opener for Richard Hannon.

Richard Hannon juvenile Spirit Of Xian (8/1) got up in a tight finish for the Montaz Restaurant EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

There were plenty in with a shout in this five-furlong event, but Pat Dobbs managed to point the daughter of Kodiac down the stands rail and only needed one shake of the stick to beat Al Ghuwariyah and El Che by a short-head and a head.

"She's a filly with a bit of class and will go six furlongs now," said Hannon.

"Don't ask me if she's (Royal) Ascot class, but she's more than just a maiden winner."

Farhh was retired to stud after winning last year's Champion Stakes but his little brother Basem (5/2 favourite) looked one for the future after making up a fair bit of ground in the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes.

"I always liked him and there was nothing wrong with him last year, he was just a bit weak," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

"I'm sure he'll improve for this race. A mile and a quarter is a good distance for him and we'll find a conditions race for him. After his second race, we'll know more."

Hadaatha (7-2) made the perfect start to her career in the Rossdales Maiden Fillies' Stakes and trainer Roger Varian said: "She did it the hard way as she was stuck out on the wing of one group.

"Seven furlongs is the bare minimum and she does have a 1000 Guineas entry.

"You'd think it might be a bit much too soon, but we won't completely disregard it."

John Gosden completed a great few days when 7-4 favourite Cloudscape won an often-informative newmarketracecourses.co.uk Handicap.

"I like this guy, he'll stay further," said Gosden.