Penny’s Gift could be aimed at the Stan James 1000 Guineas next spring after proving a cut above at Listed level in the EBF Igloos Bosra Sham Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.
Richard Hannon’s juvenile has been a real money-spinner this term and took her career winnings to almost £200,000 with a runaway success in the hands of Ryan Moore.
Winner of a valuable sales race at Ascot last month and most recently sixth in the Rockfel Stakes, the 6-4 favoured motored clear in the final two furlongs to pass the post a comfortable three lengths clear.
The trainer’s son and assistant, Richard Hannon jnr, said: “She is a talented filly and the good news is she stays in training next year.
“She stayed on over seven furlongs in the Rockfel last time and she could be a Guineas filly.”
The daughter of Tobougg was given a 33-1 quote by Cashmans and Paddy Power for the Classic.
Moore wasted no time completing a 211/2-1 double after National Hunt supremo Alan King’s Spring Dream (8-1) proved too good in the EBF Igloos Fillies’ Handicap.
Followers of Godolphin were also in the money as Sheikh Mohammed’s team completed a 61/2-1 brace with Emirates Roadshow and Khor Dubai.
The former was first to oblige, with Frankie Dettori partnering his second winner since Raven’s Pass’ Breeders’ Cup romp as the even-money favourite put in a polished display in division one of the EBF Charlie Guest 80th Birthday Maiden Stakes.
The Italian said: “He is a progressive horse. He has had three runs so we used his experience and he is going the right way.”
Khor Dubai, ridden by Ted Durcan, was next up in the NGK Spark Plugs Conditions Stakes.
The 11-4 co-favourite stayed on strongly down the centre of the course to deny Henry Cecil the 50th winner of his campaign.
The Warren Place maestro’s Arabian Art forged clear and was 10 lengths ahead at halfway, only to weaken up the hill and go under by three-quarters of a length.
Division two of the maiden went the way of the Barry Hills-trained 11-4 favourite Captain Dancer, who finished in arrears behind Emirates Roadshow on the Rowley Mile earlier this month.
The trainer’s son and assistant, Charlie Hills, said: “He is a horse we have always liked and he ran green here last time.
“He is going the right way and we’ll put him away now for next year, when there is no reason why he won’t get further than this seven furlongs.”
Catskill Mountain showed plenty of speed to open his account at the first time asking in the six-furlong Prestige Vehicles EBF Maiden Stakes.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s One Cool Cat gelding was smartly away under Alan Munro and took up the running upon meeting the rising ground to see off the front-running 5-4 favourite Swiss Diva by a length and a half.
Chapple-Hyam said of his 11-1 newcomer: “We will now put him away for next year, where sprinting will be his game.”
Connections of Viper (4-1) were worried about the good to soft underfoot conditions in the Brian Groves “Lifetime In Racing” Handicap – but the giant six-year-old allayed their fears with a striking length-and three-quarters victory.