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Valley etched into history books

Primrose Valley galloped into the history books by becoming the first horse to win on the brand new Tapeta surface at Wolverhampton.

It was announced at the end of April that Wolverhampton was replacing Polytrack with the synthetic surface that is the brainchild of former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Michael Dickinson.

Tapeta has been used at Meydan racecourse in Dubai and at various racecourses and training centres across the globe, but this is the first time racing has taken place on the surface in Britain.

The Ed Vaughan-trained Primrose Valley was the 13/8 favourite for the 32Red Casino Median Auction Maiden Stakes, having been placed on each of her three previous starts, and kicked clear from the home turn to score by six lengths.

You're My Cracker and Dolorous finished second and third respectively.

Winning jockey Freddy Tylicki told At The Races: "That was fantastic and I want to say very well done to Mr Dickinson and his team. It (the surface) rides today so much better than it used to. The last surface was a little bit tricky for all of us.

"This today rode really nice. It will probably take a little bit of time to bed down properly. It was a little bit deep, but I can't fault it whatsoever.

"I think she (Primrose Valley) has improved quite a bit and has learned how to race properly now. As long as you leave her be, she's all right."