Central claims Carlisle prize

South Central outclassed his rivals when making a successful racecourse debut in the Racing UK Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Carlisle.

The Howard Johnson-trained colt was smartly out of the stalls under Robert Winston, quickening up impressively before the halfway mark to pass the post with 13 lengths to spare over What A Fella.

Winston said of the 11-1 winner: “When I pressed the button over two furlongs out, he really quickened on and if anything had come at him he would have picked up again.

“He is probably the best two-year-old Howard has ever had, particularly at this stage and if he improves he is certainly a Group horse.

“Howard has really liked him from the start and he really fancied him.”

Johnson’s assistant Ray Hawkey was rather more reserved in his comments, adding: “The fact he has won by 13 lengths makes me think it might not have been a good race but I do know the top horse (Abu Derby) was fancied.”

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