Pinzolo pleases connections
Pinzolo remains in the Investec Derby picture after striding to success in the Tamdown Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.
True Story, Godolphin's leading contender for the Epsom Classic, was well beaten in the Dante Stakes on Thursday.
But the Charlie Appleby-trained Pinzolo offered some consolation to connections as he made all in the mile-and-a-quarter Listed race to score by two lengths from Master Carpenter.
It was a pleasing effort by the Monsun colt and showed that he is very much back on track after a disappointing end to last season when he came unstuck in soft ground in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
This third career success followed an encouraging seasonal bow in the Newmarket Stakes in which he was third of eight.
For a while today, it looked as if the 5/4 favourite may just flatten out in front. But when the challengers began to stack up, Pinzolo responded well for Silvestre de Sousa and lengthened away.
Appleby said: "He is a horse that we have liked throughout. It was a bit of a mistake by me to take him to Doncaster on soft ground. We took a punt and it didn't come off.
"But it didn't do him any harm, he grew up and wintered well. It was a nice first run from him at Newmarket and he looks like he came on for it.
"He is a nice middle-distance horse to go to war with and has plenty of options through the course of the summer.
"He is going to go a mile and a half now and is in the Derby and at Ascot (the King Edward VII Stakes). We will not make any commitments yet - we will see how the horse comes out of the race - and we still have Sudden Wonder in the Derby."
Both horses can be backed at 50/1 with Sky Bet to land the Epsom Classic.
Appleby also enjoyed another victory on the card when Miner's Lamp (5/2 joint-favourite) regained the winning thread in the Tamdown Group Handicap over 12 furlongs.
Eastern Impact will tackle the lucrative Macmillan Charity Sprint Trophy at York on June 14 after landing the coral.co.uk Sprint Trophy.
It was an emotional victory for trainer Richard Fahey after the gelding scored in the colours of the late David Barker, who used to train in North Yorkshire.
"I am absolutely delighted," said Fahey. "Wherever he is, I'm sure David will have two gallons of beer tonight - he liked his beer."
Barker, who passed away in February, had a sure hand when it came to training sprinters such as Sierra Vista and Celtic Mill, so he would have appreciated Fahey's skill in getting Eastern Impact to peak for this valuable six-furlong contest.
The 14/1 shot built on two previous efforts this spring with a power-packed burst to collar Peterkin late on and surge to victory by three-parts of a length from Fear Or Favour with the favourite Stomp in third.
Dreaming of further afield are Jack and Lynda Ramsden, who - along with Richard Morecombe - own Van Percy, scorer in the Triconnex Handicaps.
The 11/4 favourite beat Blue Wave by three and a quarter lengths for a first success at a mile and six furlongs.
When asked about future targets, Jack simply offered the reply "Melbourne", before Lynda added: "It has always been his dream to have a runner in that."
The Melbourne Cup pipedream might have come a step closer to reality after this convincing win.
The Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old stormed through the closing strides to please jockey David Probert, who supplied a suitably positive post-race bulletin.
Probert said: "The hood has probably helped and he has been very consistent this year. He is going the right way and is an out-and-out stayer."
Front Page News made the headlines with a shock 20/1 strike in the mile Joe Breen And Sarah Morris Memorial Handicap.
The four-year-old filly won by two lengths from Shaolin to bounce back from a disappointing start to her season in April when she finished plumb last at Leicester.
Winning trainer Robert Eddery said: "I probably started her a bit early in the season and she didn't run any sort of race at Leicester. But on last season's third at Newbury she probably had the beating of these. She loves fast ground and is a summer filly who comes and goes quickly."
The William Haggas-trained Yuften ran out a thumping seven-length winner of the Tamdown Maiden Stakes, the same race stable star Mukhadram won in 2012.