Gosden hot streak continues

  • Last Updated: April 12 2014, 18:07 BST

There was a strong sense of deja vu about the victory of Matalleb in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes at Newbury.

Matalleb (right) ridden by Dane O'Neill beats Mutakayyef ridden by Paul Hangan
Matalleb (right) ridden by Dane O'Neill beats Mutakayyef ridden by Paul Hangan

Trained, like four winners on Friday, by John Gosden, the 7-1 newcomer was ridden by Dane O'Neill to thwart Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's first string and even-money favourite Mutakayyef by a head.

The previous afternoon, a Gosden runner had also led home a one-two for the owner, who was present.

Gosden said of the gelded winner: "He's been good at home, he wasn't last year which is why he's not a full horse any more.

"It's the same as with Sacred Act (who won at Nottingham in midweek) as once they win a maiden there's nowhere to go with them. I'm in the lap of the handicapper."

Gosden, who won the feature with Kingman, saddled his third winner of the day, and seventh of the two-day fixture, as Eagle Top flashed home in the Al Basti Equiworld Maiden Stakes.

The 4/6 favourite cut down Automated late on to take the spoils by half a length, and has Royal Ascot in his sights. Gosden said: "I see him as a King Edward VII sort of horse, not one to rush, but hopefully we'll get there." 

Gabrial's Kaka (8-1 co-favourite) swooped wide and late under a patient Jamie Spencer in the Berry Bros & Rudd Magnum Spring Cup, the feature handicap on the card.

Richard Fahey's gelding did not run at all badly on his comeback in the Lincoln, eventually finishing sixth, and Spencer sat in behind before appearing towards the far side of the track and going clear inside the final furlong.

Spa's Dancer picked his way through the field and was closing towards the end but was a length and a half behind at the post. "They went a steady pace and he quickened up really well. I thought he did it nicely," said Spencer.

The closing Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Handicap went the way of father and son team Gary and Ryan Moore whose Top Diktat scored by three parts of a length at 7/1.