A nice result for Beckett

  • Last Updated: May 3 2014, 21:59 BST

A round-up of the rest of the action at Newmarket, where Niceofyoutotellme landed the spoils in the opener.

Niceofyoutotellme takes the opener on 2000 Guineas day under Jim Crowley
Niceofyoutotellme takes the opener on 2000 Guineas day under Jim Crowley

Ralph Beckett's patience with Niceofyoutotellme was rewarded when the five-year-old claimed the valuable opening event of Guineas weekend at Newmarket.

Unplaced in three starts since winning at the course last June, Jim Crowley's mount had an easier passage than many in the Qatar Racing Suffolk Stakes and held on by a neck from the closing Ajmany, while Bold Sniper had also made marked progress from the rear for third.

Beckett said of the 10/1 shot: "This has been the plan for a while as he likes this place.

"He's had terrible trouble with his feet - I believe it runs in the family - and he had three months off without shoes.

"He wants quick ground and a mile on this sort of track."

Stuart Williams plans to take a step up in class with Nova Champ (16/1) following his pretty comprehensive success in the Harbour Watch At Tweenhills Handicap

Williams said: "He's been a bit low in the handicap to plot races before today, but there should be some nice prizes later in the season for him now."

A great day continued for Guineas-winning trainer Richard Hannon when Barley Mow (14/1) held on and then survived a stewards' inquiry in a messy Makfi Newmarket Stakes.

"We have got him in the French Derby, but there are races for him at Royal Ascot which are not early-closing races," said Hannon.

Hors De Combat (7/1) stayed on well to take the QIPCO Supports Racing Welfare Handicap, after which trainer James Fanshawe said: "He was in the Guineas but he didn't win at Newbury last time so we lowered our sights.
"He's a nice horse."