Brave Prospector strikes gold

Brave Prospector strikes gold

Peter Chapple-Hyam had a welcome tonic with the victory of Brave Prospector in today's £100,000 (€127,062) Betfair Sprint at York.

The Newmarket trainer has been under the weather and preferred to stay at home to recover in time for Royal Ascot.

He showed his prowess as a trainer though, fitting Brave Prospector (12-1) with a tongue tie and it worked the oracle as the colt beat a competitive field in good style.

Carrying the colours made famous by Authorized, he cut through the pack under Alan Munro to beat Victorian Bounty by a length and a half.

The favourite Ancien Regime was a neck away in third with Good Gorsoon a further neck back in fourth.

"Peter hasn't felt too good lately and didn't feel up to travelling. He's trying to get himself right for Ascot next week," said stable representative Gary Hindmarch.

"A tongue tie has made the difference to this horse. He wore it for the first time at Newmarket on his latest start.

"His form as a two-year-old was really good, he was fourth in the Horris Hill at Newbury on soft ground which we thought he wanted. He works really well at home.

A delighted Munro added: "I got a good kick out of him and he ran all the way to the line.

"He just lost his way, we couldn't explain it, but Peter showed why he's such a good trainer. He knows the problem and puts on a tongue tie."

Military Power (7-1) took the Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire Stakes for owner Princess Haya of Jordan, successful in last weekend's Derby with New Approach.

Trained by John Hills, Military Power defeated the pacesetting Inspector Clouseau by three-quarters of a length in the hands of Eddie Ahern.

"He's come on for each run and it was nice to get the win out of the way at Redcar in a maiden," said Hills

"He's a nice progressive sort of horse. We'll keep coming through handicaps and there might be a nice race at Newmarket's July meeting for him."

A dream came true for Alyson Deniel when she lifted the Queen Mother's Cup for lady amateur riders on Step This Way.

The 14-1 chance, trained by Mark Johnston, won by four and a half lengths from Philanthropy with Bazart a nose away third.

"That was absolutely fantastic. I was lucky enough to get the ride thanks to my weighing-room friend Lorraine Ellison," said Deniel, who won her weight in champagne.

"To win the Queen Mother's Cup at York was one of my dreams."

Jimmy Quinn followed up his treble at the track on Friday with victory on Re Barolo (7-1) in the Cadogan Silver Salver Stakes.

Marco Botti's charge carried joint top-weight but took the prize by a half-length from Mesbaah.

"Winners give you confidence, you bounce off them," said Quinn.

"To be fair to him he was unlucky in the Zetland Gold Cup. I could not get racing room for him and I couldn't get him out in the open. He was beaten four lengths and I'm sure I would have finished closer at Redcar.

"I was able to bring him with one long run today and he's done it well with plenty of weight."

Wildcat Wizard (7-1) looked a promising youngster when making a winning debut in the Leonard Sainer EBF Maiden Stakes.

Responding well to Jimmy Fortune's urgings, Paul Cole's charge held his more experienced rival Mohanad by a length.

"He's been working very well at home and we thought he would run well," said Cole's representative Veronica Wurth.

Richard Fahey's Harrison George gained compensation after missing the cut for the Betfair Sprint as he got upon the line to deny stablemate Trojan Flight in the Charles Henry Memorial Stakes.

"That was a good performance for a three-year-old. I would have liked to have got him in the big race - he'd have got in now. He'll be a nice horse for next year," said Fahey of the 11-2 joint favourite.

Third-placed Hotham's rider Jimmy Quinn was banned for a total of six days (June 28-July 3), four for careless riding and two for using his whip without giving his mount time to respond.

Kerrin McEvoy sent punters home happy with an easy victory on 8-15 shot Decameron for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the Michael Sobell Maiden Stakes.

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