Bear grills Winkfield rivals
A review of the rest of the early action from Ascot where form from the Royal Meeting got an early boost.
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Coventry Stakes fifth Kodi Bear opened his account when stepped up to seven furlongs in the Titanic Belfast Winkfield Stakes at Ascot.
Clive Cox's youngster had made eyecatching late progress behind The Wow Signal over six furlongs at the Royal meeting and franked the form as he ran out a cosy winner of this Listed contest.
Kodi Bear (2-1 joint-favourite) tracked the pacesetting Diaz until Adam Kirby asked him to take up the running a furlong and half out.
The response was immediate as he galloped on strongly to beat Disegno by a length and a half.
Cox said: "He's always shown us plenty, which is why we didn't take the easy route and go for a maiden. He's got a wonderful temperament and we'll be looking at a mile for him next year.
"I think he's an exciting prospect. He's done a lot of growing so he won't be over-raced. He's the sort of horse I'd love to run in the Dewhurst (Newmarket, October 17)."
"I like him a lot," added the winning jockey.
"I thought we were very unlucky last time out. I felt we definitely should have finished second but he got shuffled back at a key point in the race.
"With a clear run, we could have given the winner something to think about. He's grown up a lot since Royal Ascot and felt better again today.
"Things went a lot smoother today. I couldn't have had a better ride from him. Mark Johnston's horse (Diaz) gave us a lovely lead and I was able to get a bit of cover. He quickened up nicely when I asked him and he's finished the race really well.
"In terms of where we go next, I'm not sure. He's not short of speed and could easily win over six again but obviously stays well as he's shown here. I think all the big races will be on his radar."
Sir Michael Stoute was similarly impressed by runner-up Disegno. He said: "I thought that was great progress after his second run. He's a promising horse and I'd like to go a mile next time."
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Osaila was another winner for the powerful Richard Hannon stable when lifting the Group Three Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes.
Frankie Dettori brought the 7-4 favourite with a strong run on the far side and hit the front inside the final furlong.
Despite drifting left, she pulled away again in the final strides to score by two lengths from 33-1 outsider Pastoral Girl. Explosive Lady stayed on well to claim third spot, a further length and a half away.
Dettori said: "She won nine days ago but she had no race. It wasn't the plan to be that far back. I was doubting myself at the three-furlong marker as she wasn't travelling as well as usual, but she came good.
"There's stacks of races for her in the future."
Dettori was, however, suspended two days for careless riding aboard Osaila. The Italian will be sidelined between August 9-10, which would see him miss the Shergar Cup meeting back at Ascot.
Hannon said: "I've put her in the Morny (Deauville) and she's in the Cheveley Park (Newmarket), but it looked to me that seven would suit her. I'd like to think she's a Guineas filly next year."
Fifth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, Osaila was given a quote of 33-1 for next season's fillies' Classic at Newmarket.
Hannon added: "I've always liked this filly. "She ran well at Ascot and has taken another step there. There's the also the Calvados (Deauville) and I put her in the Moyglare at the Curragh as well."
Mange All (10-1) resumed his progress by reeling in American Hope in the Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap and winning by a neck.
It was a good moment for trainer William Haggas, whose father, Brian, bred and owns the gelding. Mange All had finished only fifth at Newmarket last time under the same jockey, Liam Jones.
"He was very keen at Newmarket and he hasn't had a saddle on him since then, he does all his work on the treadmill," said Haggas jnr.
"The problem is getting to the start. I think he'll get a mile and a quarter in time, he just needs to be ridden with restraint. I'd thought of the mile handicap at York, but he'll go up in the weights.
"There's Doncaster in March (Lincoln), but I'm sure some of our friends from the Far East will be interested in him, too."
Trainer of the second, Mike Murphy, was in a reflective mood after his three-year-old was pipped at the post.
"It's a killer isn't it?" said Murphy.
"I think we actually lost the race in the first furlong as the plan was to break well but get a bit of cover but he's broken too well and pulled Shane Kelly's arms out for four furlongs.
"He's actually come out of the race with a lot of credit and, I think, is the best horse in the race. He's done pretty much everything right but has just been done by a horse that we're giving the best part of a stone to.
"We'll take him home and probably give him a bit of a break now. We'll see what the handicapper does but I'd imagine he'll go up a bit again. It's a shame really as he's one of the stable stars but actually hasn't won for us yet.
"It was a great run though as the yard is in good form. We can take a lot of heart from the run even though the result wasn't what we wanted. Had the race panned out as we wanted it to, then I think we would have won.
"It didn't though and that's racing. It's a heartbreaker though."
Kate Harrington broke new ground when triumphant with See The Storm (14-1) in the Longines Handicap for lady amateur riders - though the victory came at a cost.
The daughter of leading Irish trainer Jessica Harrington defeated Born To Surprise by a short head aboard Ian Williams' representative on her first ever ride in England.
Harrington was, however, banned for nine days after she used her whip above the permitted level.
Harrington said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. My agent, Ciaran O'Toole, got me the ride and I was delighted.
"The plan was just to arrive late, so I did. Thankfully he kept going."
Ian Williams was delighted with the winner, saying: "He won up at Redcar last weekend and I thought it was a bit ambitious turning him out again under a penalty, but he's done very well.
"He stepped up to seven furlongs without any bother, but he is good over five and a half and six furlongs. He's won narrowly but off his highest mark to date and with a 6lb penalty so he'll be going up again.
"I have to say See The Storm was nicely ridden by Katie. She did the homework and called us, so credit to her."
Ed Dunlop and Ryan Moore then teamed up with 7-4 favourite Trip To Paris to claim the concluding Canisbay Bloodstock Handicap.
The successful trainer said: "He ran very well in the King George V Handicap and for once the handicapper did something we were not expecting - by dropping him from 86 to 85.
"Ryan's ridden him twice and won on him both times and he's an improving horse. He was much maligned when my horses were very ill earlier this season, although he did run in the Derby Trial [when unplaced] and then he got no run when drawn on the outside at Musselburgh.
"It's been great to be here today to see that lovely filly [Taghrooda] win and it's possible we could take this horse for a good prize at Glorious Goodwood next Saturday, but I think that's probably a silly thing to do.
"Ryan reckons there's a decent handicap coming up at Haydock, but the horse will probably be going up from 85 to about 91 so we will have to look at options."