Hurdling return beckons for Coda

Coda Agency trotted up in the two-mile Higgs International Handicap at Lingfield but trainer David Arbuthnot is planning to return the five-year-old to his favoured game over hurdles.

The gelding was successfully switched to the Flat after injuring a knee over hurdles at the beginning of the year.

And his latest of four successes came as the 4-1 favourite pulverised his rivals by upwards of four and a half lengths under Neil Callan, who was recording a century of winners for the turf season.

Arbuthnot said: “He banged his knee last time he ran over hurdles so we ran him on the Flat for a while.

“He does love his hurdling though, so will go back hurdling and he will be off to Towcester on November 6.”

Callan earlier sparked a double as Trimlestown (7-1) landed his first win for nearly two years in the Fightsport Claiming Stakes.

After a successful recent raid on Keeneland, John Best has more American targets in mind and could send Axel Foley stateside following his impressive win in the Dawson News EBF Maiden Stakes.

Square Eddie netted Best over £155,000 (€199,865) by securing the Breeders’ Futurity Stakes earlier this month, and Axel Foley (3-1) is a possible to race in the land of his Beverly Hills Cop namesake after swinging wide off the bend en route to a cosy success.

Best said: “It is almost certain that we will put him away for next year, unless we get some offers which is not out of the question.

“There are some races abroad for him next year and he might be taking a trip across the water where there is some big prize money.”

Frankie Dettori failed to treat the crowd to a flying dismount but did keep his followers happy when taking the News International EBF Conditions Stakes aboard Global City.

The Exceed And Excel colt returned to the form which saw him score tidily at Yarmouth during the summer, with the 15-8 chance quickening in good style to account for Spanish Baron by three and a quarter lengths.

Godolphin representative Tommy Burns said: “He only has two paces – trotting or flat out, which is why we trotted him down to the start.

“Stepping up to six furlongs suited him but I’m not sure if he will race again this year.”

Paul Doe celebrated his 31st birthday by winning on his only ride of the day as Prince Of Thebes capitalised on an easy lead to take the Menzies Distribution Handicap at odds of 10-1.

Winning owner Roger Kilby said: “Paul said that if nothing went on then he would and they have left us alone.

“He hasn’t won for a bit but it’s not for lack of trying, and we’ll come back for a bit more fun with him.”

Princess India was backed down to 4-1 in the Smith’s News Handicap and rewarded her supporters by coming from last to first to collect by three-quarters of a length.

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