Rifles hits the target at Town Moor

  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 17:19 GMT

Stuart Williams' decision to bypass Ascot's Champions Sprint paid off when Eton Rifles (7-1) took the "Betfred Bonus King Bingo" Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster.

Desert Creek (white cap, red spots) wins the opener

The Newmarket trainer felt the seven-year-old was unlucky in this Listed contest 12 months ago and Eton Rifles made amends with a length verdict over Ultransonic in the hands of William Carson.

"He had a nice run through the race, but he was a close third to Mince and Soul last time and if you had put them in this race with that weight they would have been favourites," said Williams.

"We saved him for this race. We could have gone to Ascot for the Group Two, but we thought we'd come here and hopefully win.

"He was very unlucky in this race last year just after we bought him. He's a superstar for a yard my size.

"He didn't have much racing in his younger years and he's very genuine. We might come back here for the Cammidge Trophy in the spring."

The Ralph Beckett-trained Cubanita (8-1) collared Sajjhaa in the dying strides to claim the Betfred EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes.

Dropping from Group One to Listed level, Godolphin's highly-rated Sajjhaa was sent off the 7-4 favourite and looked to have sealed it when Barzalona swept to the front approaching the two-furlong pole.

But her stride was shortening just as Cubanita's abundant stamina was kicking in entering the distance, and Jim Crowley's mount was half a length to the good as they flashed past the line.

The lightly-raced maiden winner Reckoning ran on encouragingly to fill the places under champion jockey Richard Hughes.

Crowley said: "It's been stop-start with her this season so hopefully she'll stay in training next year, fingers crossed.

"I got a good trip round. They went a good gallop and everything went well in the end.

"I think she'll get a mile and a half. The last furlong was her best furlong."

Godolphin clinched the owners' championship when Muharrib (5-1 joint-favourite) gave them and Bin Suroor a quick double in the Betfred "The Home Of Goals Galore" Nursery.

Mickael Barzalona took the top weight to the front over a furlong out and the race was over as the Oasis Dream colt swept to victory by two lengths from fellow market leader Indignant, with Shrimpton staying on strongly to be just a head behind.

Cooper said: "He's a very bonny horse, who has thrived all season. He'll have a nice holiday now and he's one to look forward to. He's very honest and game and gives his all every time."

On winning the owners' title she said: "We are all over the moon. It's great for the whole team, the trainers and all Godolphin's employees in the UK."

The first leg of the double came courtesy of Mar Mar (7-2) who produced a decisive turn of foot two furlongs out to easily win the Betfred Cock O'The North EBF Maiden Stakes.

The Godolphin-owned filly, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, sealed her first success in a matter of strides as she romped home by four lengths from the favourite Flashlight, with newcomer Cape Peron two lengths away third.

"She's a very honest filly, but she was a bit unsettled and keen last time, so we thought visors would help," said Godolphin's representative Diana Cooper.

"She gave William (Buick) a great ride and she'll be a nice seven-furlong filly for next year."

Desert Creek backed up a recent Leicester success when taking the opening event on the final day of the turf Flat season at Doncaster.

Shirley Teasdale was landing her 19th victory of the season, but she had to endure a stewards' inquiry before being confirmed the winner of Division One of the Betfred "Bigger And Better" Goals Galore Apprentice Handicap.

The Dandy Nicholls-trained Desert Creek (6-1) led over a furlong out and drifted towards the far rail taking Great Expectations with him before hanging on by a neck.

A relieved Teasdale said: "I could see him drifting across so I didn't pick my stick up, kept him going forward and there was no contact. The line he carried the other horse across was minimal.

"He's just found his feet in the last couple of months and enjoys life at Dandy's."

Chookie Royale got the better of 50-1 shot George Benjamin to claim Division Two for trainer and former jockey Keith Dalgleish and Jason Hart.

The 13-2 favourite was all out to score by half a length with Fame Again a length and a quarter back in third and Nezami fourth.

Dalgleish said: "Jason gave him a great ride to keep him in the race. We were worried in the first half of the race he wasn't travelling, but Jason gave him time to find his feet.

"This horse is better when they go a good gallop and he's now won twice here. He knuckled down really well."

Franny Norton, successful in the feature November Handicap, completed a double in the final race of the Flat turf season, taking the Betfred "The Bonus King" Handicap on Tartiflette (10-1) for trainer Ed McMahon.


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