A step up to the top table in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes is next on the agenda for Ashram after John Hills’ colt romped away with the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket.
The son of Indian Haven suffered interference when beaten most recently at Kempton, and was sent off a 14-1 chance against some smart types, including Henry Cecil’s unbeaten Wingwalker.
The latter was sent off odds-on favourite but found little under pressure as Ryan Moore swept to a four-and-a-half-length success on Hills’ juvenile.
Hills said: “They went a nice even pace here. Ryan rode a very confident race and he showed a nice turn of foot.
“He’s in the Dewhurst so we’ll have a look at that and see how we go.
“He’s exciting and a proper horse and he’ll get a mile next year for sure.”
Sponsors Stan James introduced the winner at 33-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.
Luca Cumani swerved the Ladbrokes St Leger with Savarain and was rewarded as Frankie Dettori steered the colt to victory in the Noel Murless Stakes.
Marco Botti’s Fiulin set a strong pace in the mile-and-three-quarter event and stole a march on his rivals.
But Dettori galvanised the 10-11 favourite inside the closing stages to pick up Fiulin and score by a length and a three-quarters.
Cumani, who ducked the St Leger to wait for faster conditions with Savarain, said: “We could squeeze another run into him this year if the ground doesn’t go, and the good news is that he stays in training next year.”
Jeremy Noseda is developing a smart touch in sales races and followed up a valuable win at Doncaster last month when Kingship Spirit plundered the £250000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes.
His record in such events would fall way short of Richard Hannon’s, but the Shalfleet handler was not complaining after the mount of Johnny Murtagh crossed the line half a length to the good.
Despite being turned over as an odds-on shot last time, the Saeed Suhail-owned gelding broke his duck at the fourth of asking, with the 8-1 chance leaving Pyrrha and Imperial Guest to clean up the places.
Noseda said: “He has been a little unfortunate this year and he should have won last time at Beverley.
“He is in the Horses in Training Sales, so I’ll sit down with Saeed and discuss the options.”
Barry Hills’ Redwood, related to Arc winner Dancing Brave, got his career off to a striking start when taking the EBF Maiden Stakes, earning a general 33-1 quote for the 2009 Derby in the process.
Hills said of the 22-1 winner: “I don’t know whether he will run again this season but if he does it will be in the Horris Hill.”
David Nicholls’ Peace Offering (8-1) made it three wins from five starts this term when holding Siren’s Gift in the five-furlong G4S Rous Stakes.
Masada (7-2) claimed the EBF Fillies’ Handicap, having been turned out quickly after running at Ascot last week, while Willow Dancer landed a gamble at odds of 9-2 in the NGK Spark Plugs/Tatami Handicap.