Fiulin stars at Nottingham

Fiulin booked his ticket for the Yorkshire Cup when making all the running to land the Weatherbys Bank "Further Flight" Stakes at Nottingham.

John Egan made every yard on the 2-5 favourite to take the Listed prize by six lengths from The Betchworth Kid.

Presbyterian Nun was third, while Dunaskin came home last of four runners from an original field of 10.

Egan enthused: "It was nothing more than a piece of work he would do at home."

Botti revealed Fiulin now has next month's Yorkshire Cup at York firmly on his radar.

He said: "I was concerned about the ground, which had dried-up quite a lot, and John said he would come on quite a lot for it.

"John said he was never going to get beaten, and it will be the Yorkshire Cup next."

Michael Bell was delighted with The Betchworth Kid, and will now consider another Listed race for his charge.

He said: "He copes with that ground but is much more effective when he has some juice.

"He's a smashing horse and could go for major handicaps like the Northumberland Plate and the Ebor."

Star Rover is Chester-bound after preserving his unbeaten record for David Evans in the EBF Novice Stakes.

The Camacho colt made all under Paul Doe to score by a length and a half from Red Avalanche.

Evans, using crutches after a freak accident in which a branch fell on his leg, said: "It's a personal ambition to win the Lily Agnes at Chester, and that's where he'll go.

"I saddled the third and fourth in it last year."

Hoh Hoh Hoh had the last laugh in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Conditions Stakes.

The seven-year-old was sent off at odds of 11-2 and swooped to conquer for trainer Richard Price and jockey Robert Winston.

The Piccolo gelding relished the fast ground and took advantage of the cut-throat pace set by Strike Up The Band.

Winston's mount finished the strongest to get the better of Pawan (25-1) by a neck.

"He obviously likes this course, as he ran badly at Doncaster but raised his game this afternoon," said the Hereford-based handler.

"I think he appreciates the warmer weather.

"I'd like to think he could win a Listed, even though he hasn't managed to yet.

"The plan would be to go for a five-furlong handicap at Newbury, as long as the ground is quick."

Rod Millman continued his bright start to the season when Mattamia (5-1) made every yard in the T Denman & Sons Handicap.

The top weight, who has a pedigree laced with speed, soon shook off the attentions of Impressible and Billy Beetroot to score by two and a quarter lengths and half a length under the trainer's son, James.

Millman snr, who was already secured three winners this term, said: "We were very much looking forward to running him as he'd done really well through the winter.

"I trained his sire, Makbul, and his dam (Lady Dominatrix) was a flying two-year-old.

"Since Christmas, James has refused to let me ride this horse - he knew he had a serious chance."

All In The Red's time of 2mins 11.04secs proved a track record - albeit at a new distance for the racecourse - in the mile-and-a-quarter Denman "Building For You" Handicap.

The 33-1 shot, a chance ride for Joe Fanning, gave trainer Andy Crook his first success in a year as he held Indy Driver by three-quarters of a length.

Crook said: "We got him from Ben Pollock and I've just had to keep him fresh."

There was another track record in the one-mile Paddocks Conference Centre Handicap, in which Cornish Castle beat Labisa a neck.

The 10-1 scorer is trained by Tim Walford and was ridden by Graham Gibbons.

A third track record was set when Roy Bowring's Flying Applause, also ridden by Winston, nailed Bobski by a head in the "Newcomers Night On Saturday 18th April" Handicap.

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