Kleo carries on winning run
A review of the rest of the action from York where Kleo struck for Luca Cumani in the opening contest.
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Luca Cumani's Kleo won the Skybet-sponsored EBF Stallion Fillies' Handicap at York in the style of a rapidly improving youngster.
It may have taken her four races to open her account, and that was on the all-weather 18 days ago, but she put this race to bed very quickly a furlong and a half out under Danny Tudhope.
The 2/1 favourite ran out a hugely impressive three-and-three-quarter-length winner from Cosmic Halo and Maven.
Matt Cumani, the Newmarket trainer's son and assistant, said: "She's really progressive.
"She's from an unusual stallion (Kavafi) who was in Greece for a few seasons and is now in Bulgaria, I think. I reckon Coolmore ought to snap him up!
"She stood out in the paddock beforehand, but we might not jump her up in class too much too soon just yet."
Punters who backed a loser in the race with Sky Bet will have their stakes refunded as free bets (up to £25) after their offer to pay out if the favourite scored.
Alejandro (15-2) followed up his victory at York last month with a gutsy victory in the Skybet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap.
David O'Meara's five-year-old is having a good summer but looked booked for second as Alfred Hutchinson hit the front inside the final furlong.
It was another occasion when David Nolan looked every inch a top-class pilot, though, and if it was not for his continuous battle with the scales he would surely be in the upper echelons of the weighing room.
Alejandro prevailed by a neck, with Silent Bullet third. "He won here two starts ago, he likes the ground and the trip," said O'Meara.
"He was given a great ride. He's only scrambled home so we'll see what the handicapper does but he's obviously thriving.
"We gave David about 20 winners last year, more than anyone else, and we use him when we can when Danny (Tudhope) is not available." Tudhope was on board the unplaced stablemate of the winner, Dutch Rose.
Valley Of Fire, trained by William Haggas whose Muthmir was successful in the Skybet Dash, won a thrilling sportinglife.com My Stable Tracking Service Median Auction Maiden in a three-way photo.
Fingal's Cave and Gurkha Friend were fighting it out but Andrea Atzeni popped up on the inside to win by a nose and a nose respectively.
Maureen Haggas suggested the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes back at York on August 21, which the yard won last year with Haikbidiac, could be the target.
It was just like the old days as Mick Easterby's Itlaaq (3-1 favourite) and Kieren Fallon won the two-mile Skybet handicap, while the Mark Johnston-trained Indescribable (15-2) did the business in the Skybet Supporting New Beginnings Stakes.
The stewards at York had a busy day, dishing out several bans.
Barry McHugh was suspended for four days (August 9 - 12) for using his whip above the permitted level on Alfred Hutchinson.
Jamie Spencer got two days (August 9 and 10) for the same offence aboard Secret Gesture while Renato Souza received nine days under the same rule for his ride on See And Be Seen; he will be sidelined between August 9 through to August 17.
Shirley Teasdale also picked up three days (August 17 - 19) following a report from the Clerk of the Scales that the rider of Olivia Fallow had weighed in at 7st 12lb having weighed out at 7st 10lb.