Toto Salim and Fortune do the business in fine style

A CAREER as a broodmare is on hold for Salim Toto after she made all to win the feature contest at Newmarket yesterday.

The 9-1 chance relished the cut in the ground to take the Lanwades Stud Severals Stakes in emphatic fashion under Jimmy Fortune.

Responding gamely to all of her rider’s urgings, the filly held Zee Zee Top by two lengths with Mythic staying on late to grab third place.

And according to winning trainer Hughie Morrison, the success could not have been more richly-deserved - either for horse or trainer!

‘‘She has been beaten in three photos for Listed races this season and if anything deserved to win this race it was her,’’ he said.

Morrison has now saddled a winner in each of the last 22 months - a feat unmatched by any of his colleagues.

Another all-the-way winner was Repertory, who took his career earnings over the £300,000-mark as he blazed home in the Pearl And Coutts Rated Stakes.

The 14-1 chance held the late rush of joint-favourite Artie by a length and a quarter.

‘‘This horse has taken us all the way around the world and even at nine, he can still win a handicap like this off 104,’’ said owner-trainer Malcolm Saunders.

One horse that will be off on his travels is Steel Blue, the winner of the Aylesfield Farms Stud Nursery.

Scarcroft trainer Richard Whitaker is sending the colt out to Dubai next week as one of a handful of horses he will be campaigning in the Middle East over the winter.

‘‘He was coughing terribly a few weeks ago but he did a great piece of work yesterday and I knew he was coming back to form,’’ Whitaker said.

Whitaker also had news of stable star Captain Rio who goes to Longchamp for a Group Two race on October 31.

‘‘He is like a bull in a china shop at the moment,’’ the trainer said. ‘‘He was out on the gallops this morning and looked fantastic”.

Pigeon Point got off the mark at the seventh attempt in the National Stud EBF Maiden Stakes.

Zak Facta settled down at the head of affairs in the six-furlong contest and was still in front as the field entered the final quarter of a mile but Dane O’Neill produced Pigeon Point with a well-timed effort down the outside.

Quickly asserting, Richard Hannon’s filly ran on gamely to repel the late challenges of Masaader and Muwajana to score by a neck and half a length at 5-1.

Defining was another to come with a powerful late challenge when produced inside the final furlong by Martin Dwyer to land the spoils in the Pearl And Coutts Newmarket Rated Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Maimana. The James Fanshawe-trained winner was defying an 18lb rise in the weights having won five of her previous six starts.

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