Brookhouse left seeing stars

  • Last Updated: July 22 2013, 18:28 BST

Champion racehorse Sea The Stars secured his first winner as a stallion as Mark Johnston's Stars Over The Sea made it third-time lucky at Ayr.

Sea The Stars: Winning stallion

A winner of eight of his nine starts for John Oxx, Sea The Stars enjoyed a spectacular three-year-old campaign as he clinched six Group One prizes in as many months, including the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Retired at the end of 2009, Sea The Stars now stands at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare and his first crop of two-year-olds have taken to the track this season.

Stars Over The Sea had shown ability on his first two appearances and was a 1/2 favourite to get off the mark in the three-runner EBF./33 Racecourses Live On Sky 432 Maiden Stakes.

Always travelling powerfully in the hands of Joe Fanning, the youngster quickened up to lead heading inside the final two furlongs and galloped all the way to the line to beat Longton by three lengths.

Winning owner Roger Brookhouse said: "I don't think Sea The Stars has had many runners yet, but to have the first winner is great.

"I think everyone was a fan of Sea The Stars, how could you not be?

"This horse ran well first time out and then didn't have much of a race last time as he reared in the stalls and missed the break.

"It was nice to see him go and do it today. We've been quiet with him as he really wants a mile plus."

Fanning went on to complete a double on the afternoon as the Dandy Nicholls-trained Fitz Flyer ran out a comfortable winner of the feature Racing UK Your Racing Home From Home Handicap.

The 11/8 favourite was chopped in the betting for next month's Stewards' Cup at Goodwood and for the Sky Bet Dash at York on Saturday.

Trainer Michael Dods was thrilled to see stable stalwart Barney McGrew end a long losing spell with a determined effort in the Bet & Watch With Racing UK's App Handicap.

Without a victory since claiming the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle over three years ago, the 10-year-old may have lost a yard of pace since that career-defining triumph, but he retains all of his enthusiasm.

Challenged by the hat-trick-seeking West Leake Hare in the last of seven furlongs, the 9/2 shot showed admirable tenacity to hold on by a head.

Dods said: "I'm delighted for the old boy. He has done so well down the years, running at a high level, and it's great he's managed to get his head in front again.

"He's not as quick as he used to be and stepping him up to seven furlongs has just given him a bit more of a chance.

"He'll no doubt be a bit stiff in the morning, so we'll give him a few easy days before we find something else.

"Horses like him have a big local following, people back him every time he runs and I'm sure they were getting a bit sick as he hasn't won for so long.

"It's great he's gone and done it today, he still loves racing and he's like a two-year-old at home. He's a bit of a handful. You wouldn't believe he was a 10-year-old."

Dods also landed the Download The Free Racing UK App Handicap with 7/2 shot Dartrix.

Scottish trainer Jim Goldie also saddled a couple of winners on the card, with accomplished apprentice Jordan Nason once again showing his skills in the saddle aboard 11/4 shot Grand Diamond in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap.

Goldie completed his brace as Andrew Elliott guided Someone's Darling (7-4) to success in the Racing Replay, All Today's Racing Sky 432 Fillies' Handicap.

Bold Prediction (9/2) and apprentice Joey Haynes - who has joined Karl Burke's yard from Andrew Balding - made every yard of the running in the Luke Currie Memorial Handicap.

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