Rosko aces Ascot field

Serena Brotherton enjoyed another taste of the limelight on King George day at Ascot as she reclaimed the Longines Handicap.

Brotherton, who is enjoying a fantastic season, won the prestigious event for lady riders back in 2002 and had the perfect companion this time in the Brian Ellison-trained Rosko (9-1).

The field split early on and Rosko surged through the pack on the stands side to beat Methaaly by a length.

Brotherton said: "He was travelling nearly too well, I had all my side beaten and although we hit the front too early, he didn't stop.

"It's lovely just to have a ride here - but I've won a nice watch as well now!"

Toolain had an unfortunate start to his racing career when unseating his rider while in the process of winning his maiden but he graduated to Listed level in the Jaguar XK Winkfield Stakes.

Michael Jarvis' juvenile made amends in the meantime when scoring at Wolverhampton but this was quite a jump in class for the 11-4 favourite.

Toolain's veteran rider Philip Robinson found himself in front with plenty of time to spare and ended up hanging on for dear life as the line came, at which point three-quarters of a length split the winner and the runner-up Galtymore Lad.

Assistant trainer Roger Varian said: "He's a big horse who will be better with racing.

"He was green at Sandown when he unshipped Frankie Dettori and he didn't let his head go last time. We've had to ask him a question today and Philip had to keep him up to his work.

"I'd imagine he'll only have another couple of runs this year and the Champagne Stakes would be an option."

Soraaya (3-1) gave another boost to the form of Memory when taking the Group Three Princess Margaret Abu Dhabi Stakes.

Mick Channon's filly had been second to the 1000 Guineas favourite in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket and came with a strong run down the stands rail under Ryan Moore.

Close to the line Soraaya wore down 2-1 favourite Margot Did, who finished runner-up to Memory in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Channon said: "My normal route would be to go for the Lowther and then the Cheveley Park, but Ryan felt she would be better at seven (furlongs).

"That would mean another clash with Memory in the Moyglare Stakes, but we're not frightened of taking her on again."

Soraaya is a best-priced 33-1 with totesport for next year's Guineas.

Michael Bell said of Margot Did: "The winner is a nice horse and all of the form ties in well with Memory.

"This is a stiff track and it has just found us out. Hayley (Turner) had to go when she did or the gap would have closed. She went on plenty early enough but she had no choice or else she would have been the meat between the sandwich.

"The flat track at York will suit her better and we will head there for the Lowther."

Clive Cox said of third-placed Perfect Tribute: "The field split, which is unusual in an 11-runner race, and she saw plenty of daylight which wasn't ideal, but I am delighted.

"It was a positive step forward and she is looking as good as I thought she was.

"The Lowther is the obvious next step."

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