Eswarah leaps into Oaks picture with comfortable Newbury success

ESWARAH leapt to the head of the Vodafone Oaks market after easily accounting for five rivals in the 10-furlong Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury yesterday.

Ladbrokes were impressed and made the daughter of 1986 Oaks winner Midway Lady their 5-2 joint favourite - along with 1000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters - after the Michael Jarvis-trained filly quickened up nicely to beat Favourita by a comfortable two lengths.

Im Spartacus looked to be a handicap snip before the betfair.com Stakes at York and so it proved as the Chester runner-up battled to a convincing victory.

As from today Im Spartacus will race off a rating of 105 as a result of his short-head second to leading Vodafone Derby fancy Gypsy King in last week’s Dee Stakes, and therefore on figures he was 21lb well-in here.

Despite his favourable mark David Flood’s charge was sent off at the relatively generous price of 9-4.

He appeared to be struggling early in the straight, but once Jamie Spencer got to work the gelding responded gamely to lead a furlong out before drawing away to score by two and a half lengths from Kames Park.

Flood said: “I’ve entered him for the Gallinule a week next Sunday and that’s where we go next.”

Meanwhile, Kieren Fallon made the dash from York to Wexford worthwhile last night when partnering odds-on favourite Streets Of Gold to victory in the Ellen Construction Maiden.

Fallon nursed the Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Sadler’s Wells and User Friendly throughout the mile and five furlongs and, at the line, the 1/2 favourite had two lengths to spare over Impartial.

Fallon was out of luck on his other two, handicap rides, as David Wachman won the Club Vitae Leisure Club Handicap with the Wayne Lordan-ridden 12/1 shot Double Bay and the Robbie Osborne-trained Tyholland swooped late to thwart the flattering Arbelina in the Glenville House Handicap.

Earlier, trainer Dessie Hughes continued in good form when Akhtari, relishing the drying ground, landed the Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre Hurdle at the expense of Short And Sweet.

Akhtari is owned by the Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, whose colours were worn by Feel Good factor in the opening Quality Hotels Ireland Maiden Hurdle.

But this one had to settle for the runner-up berth behind fellow joint-favourite Tycoon Hall.

At Downpatrick, punters suffered an early blow when opening favourite Mosaique Beauty was outpointed by 33/1 shot Kharmani, ridden by talented apprentice Padraig Beggy, in the opening Lynam Merit Maiden.

But in-form Tom Hogan provided some respite for punters when 4/6 favourite Faithlegg Girl followed-up Monday’s win at Killarney in the Magners Cider Handicap, although the filly’s supporters had to sweat before Davy Moran got her home by a neck from Brandon Mountain.

Denis O’Regan recorded a double in the chase action on Diamond Forever and Corskeagh Thunder.

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