Wednaan fires up Dubai dream
Wednaan impressed as he broke his duck and new ground for trainer Mike de Kock at Yarmouth on Thursday.
The strapping Dubawi colt, who cost €450,000, was South African de Kock's first juvenile winner from his Newmarket satellite base as he claimed the British Stallion Studs EBF Sprint Maiden Stakes.
Horses like Ouija Board, Dubai Millennium and Raven's Pass took tentative steps at the track early in their careers and Wednaan will now form part of what is always a potent De Kock squad for next year's Dubai Carnival.
Encountering wet and blustery conditions rather than the Gulf heat, the 11/8 favourite took a while to get into stride under Pat Cosgrave but he came smoothly through the middle of the field and held off the challenge of Silver Treasure by three-quarters of a length.
The trainer's assistant, Steve Jell, said: "He's a nice horse. He'll go to Dubai now, I doubt he'll run again, and he could be our (UAE) Guineas horse in Dubai.
"He was very green, and I thought that might get him beat."
Cosgrave said: "He was greener than I thought, as he'd done plenty at home, but it wasn't the be-all and end-all if he didn't win today."
John Ryan hopes Ocean Tempest's follow-up success in the Seajacks Handicap could earn him a shot at something slightly sooner, namely at Newmarket next week.
The grey (7/4 favourite) was back out after scoring at Chester on Saturday and needed Brett Doyle's strength to halt the charging Shesastar by a short-head.
"We'd love to run in the Cambridgeshire, but realistically even getting in the Silver Cambridgeshire would be big for us," said Ryan.
"The way it works, once you enter, two wins comes to 7lb, so I had to back him up here. We left the cheekpieces off around Chester, as it's a turning track, and we thought we should leave them off today.
"It's helped him, because when David Barron's horse (Shesastar) has come at him, he's seen him."
William Haggas maintained his average of a winner a day at this Greene King Eastern Festival thanks to Meeting Waters (7/1) in the At The Races Nursery.
Well entitled to be striking in this sort of company after three good runs in maidens over a shorter trip, the Aqlaam filly stretched six lengths clear along the rail under John Fahey.
"We were going to go down the middle, but not after we watched Frankie Dettori go down there in the last race," said Haggas.
"I'm delighted for the owner, Liam Sheridan, as he has had a tough year. Sadly the filly will go up a stone in the weights for that."
Mount Logan, out of a sister to the top-class Observatory, looked a middle-distance type trainer Luca Cumani ought to do well with next season after seeing out the mile-long British Stallion Studs/Greene King EBF Maiden Stakes as 5/4 favourite.
Montefeltro (10/11 favourite) looks another shrewd buy for Brian Ellison and connections as he clinched the Stanley Threadwell Memorial Handicap with plenty in hand.
The Ducking Stool (10/1) remains the darling of the Hoofbeats Racing Club, as well as the Yarmouth faithful, after taking her fifth course victory in the "Get On" With Dan Hague Fillies' Handicap.
Trainer Julia Feilden said: "She just loves it here - there's no point running her anywhere else.
"I was worried about taking on the three-year-olds but Shelley (Birkett) said she's improved again."