McMahon makes his point

Ed McMahon’s To The Point made a striking impression on her racecourse debut under Richard Mullen in the European Breeders’ Fund Primrose Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Warwick.

There was plenty of stable confidence behind her chance and backed from 7-2 to 15-8 favourite she was soon at the head of affairs.

Clear inside the final furlong, she never looked like being caught, passing the post easing down by two and a half lengths from Forward Feline.

The daughter of Refuse To Bend carries the colours of John Fretwell, who likes a tilt at the betting ring, and he said: “I had a bit on. Every Second ran well when runner-up at Bath the other day and she had been working better than him.

“You can get carried away at this stage of a season, but she is the type for the Queen Mary.

“Ascot dries out well and it could be good to firm there, that is what she wants. We would give her another run before.”

He went on: “If she was a hand bigger she would be worth quite a lot of money, I think we got her for 17,000 guineas because of her size, but she is a nice filly and is very straightforward to train.

“My son Paul says that on pedigree she would be one of our better two-year-olds and we have some nice ones this time.”

Thirsk-based David Barron had not had a runner here in the past five seasons so those who took the hint about Imperial Sword were rewarded when the five-year-old won the Knowle Apprentice Handicap, coming from last to first in the straight under a good ride from Neil Brown.

Brown was gaining his first success on the course and he said after the 5-1 favourite had obliged: “This is only my fourth ride here and things are going well for me this season.”

Sophie Doyle was suspended for two days (May 19 and 20) for using her whip with excessive frequency on fourth-placed Kennington.

Support Fund (7-2 favourite) had finished third and then second on her first two appearances of the season and she made it third time lucky in decisive fashion under Steve Carson in the Racing UK Fillies’ Handicap.

Winning trainer Eve Johnson Houghton was represented by her mother Gaie, who said: “Eve has just been on the phone and said she wouldn’t be coming racing again, she would be leaving it all to me!

“We tried to sell Support Fund last year, but no-one wanted her so we bought her back and the Betfair Club have taken her on.”

Henry Cecil’s’ Diamond Yas (5-4 favourite) showed promise on her only run last season and improving on that performance she made all under Tom Queally in the warwickracecourse.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Queally said: “She is a nice filly and likes that ground. From the way she has done it today you would think she will step up in grade.”

The Barry Hills-trained Challow Hills (9-2) opened her account at the fifth attempt in the TurfTV Handicap, but her partner Alan Munro picked up a one-day suspension (May 19) for using his whip with excessive frequency.

Indian Diva was another making her seasonal bow, in the Coventry Cup Handicap, and Paul Blockley had the 20-1 chance fit and ready as she ran out a one and a quarter length winner in the hands of Stephen Donohoe.

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