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Treble tops for Moore

Ryan Moore was the jockey to follow at Kempton on Saturday, the former champion jockey booting home a sparkling treble.

Fourth in the French 1000 Guineas last season, the 10-11 favourite was wisely guided to victory by the on-song Moore, who recorded a significant treble on the card.

Zurigha was never too far off the speed as Senafe took the field along at a lackadaisical gallop, but Moore went for the jugular just before the one-furlong pole.

Ribbons was moored towards the rear of the hunting pack for most of the one-mile journey and came with a surging late dash to take second spot, beaten a length and a quarter.

Hannon said: "I have worked her here recently and she's shown she's going the right way.

"That's her second Listed win and I think she'll win a Group race, although we might have to go abroad to get that."

Trainer James Fanshawe said Ribbons would need to win a race between now and Royal Ascot to go for the Windsor Forest Stakes.

He said: "My horses appear to have been coming to hand in the last fortnight.

"This filly will need to build on this if she's to go for the Windsor Forest, but I do like that race."

Hannon then sent out his first winner for the Queen when Sea Shanty landed the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap.

The first-season Wiltshire handler has Royal Ascot on the horizon for the 5-1 scorer after Moore's partner flashed three-quarters of a length clear of Tigers Tale.

Hannon said: "It's my first winner for the Queen and I'm delighted.

"All roads now lead to the Hunt Cup and I'm happy to give him time to get over this."

Moore brought up the treble when Queen Of Ice proved too strong for Midnite Angel in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

The William Haggas-trained filly was only seen once last term, when victorious in a soft-ground Newmarket maiden, and was sent on her way the 11-10 favourite.

Midnite Angel emerged a danger, but Queen Of Ice was well on top at the line, with a length and three-quarters the official winning distance.

Maureen Haggas, wife of the Newmarket handler, said: "She surprised us when winning on her only start last year because she hadn't shown a lot at home.

"She's still green and probably wants a bit further. I would think it will be a mile and a quarter and a step into Listed company next time."

Georgian Bay's sights will be now fixed upon the Victoria Cup at Ascot after a smooth triumph in the Betfred "Goals Galore Extra" Handicap.

The 11-2 winner was well in control under Danny Tudhope, and pulled two lengths clear of 11-4 favourite Glen Moss inside the final furlong.

Trainer Karl Burke said: "The blinkers have made a huge difference and I can't believe how well he's worked in them.

"As long as the assessor doesn't kill him, he'll go for the Victoria Cup.

"He's had his issues, but is moving as well as ever right now."

Escalating took trainer Pat Eddery off the cold list with a resounding triumph in the Betfred TV/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.

The son of Three Valleys (9-2) was electric at the gate and fairly zipped home by two and three-quarters of a length under James Doyle in the silks of Khalid Abdullah.

Be Bold, the 7-4 favourite, finished second.

Buckinghamshire-based Eddery felt a run in the Brocklesby at Doncaster, in which he started favourite but finished seventh, had brought Escalating on.

He said: "He's got a lot of speed for a big horse and the ground wasn't ideal for him at Doncaster.

"The progeny of Three Valleys like it fast so hopefully well get those conditions when he goes to Ascot next."

Oisin Murphy further illustrated his gifts with an astute ride from the front aboard Zampa Manos in the Betfred "Racing's Biggest Supporter" Conditions Stakes.

A strong line-up had been lured to Kempton for this one-mile assignment, but Andrew Balding's 22-1 outsider prevailed.

This was largely down to Murphy, who perfectly judged his fractions to keep Snow Trouble at bay by a short head.

God Willing, the 5-4 favourite, was never really a factor.

Seaside Sizzler (11-2) hardly looked poetry in motion during the Betfred "Still Treble Odds On Lucky 15's" Queen's Prize, but his proven stamina won out for the Ralph Beckett-Jim Crowley axis.

Crowley said: "He has a good first-time-out record but he does take plenty of driving."