Lynam plunders another big prize

Eddie Lynam has enjoyed unprecedented success with his raids on the top British sprints this year through Sole Power and Slade Power and he plundered another big one yesterday with the two-year-old Agnes Stewart, an impressive winner of the John Smith’s Extra Smooth May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Lynam plunders another big prize

Beaten in a Group Three last time out by Jessica Harrington’s Jack Naylor, the 11-4 chance relished the step up to a mile, coming home a length and a quarter clear of 13-8 favourite Muraaqaba, with Shagah a neck away in third.

Lynam said of the Billly Lee-ridden winner: “Last week we got a huge offer for her and I got a bit nervous, but we decided to keep her, thankfully.

“She will have one more run this season, we could supplement her for the Group One at Newmarket (Fillies’ Mile) because the dopey trainer put Anthem Alexander down on the entry form instead of her by mistake.

“There’s also the option of running in France (Prix Marcel Boussac), but I think we might go to Newmarket.”

Richard Hannon’s Beacon was a hugely fortunate winner of the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster after Cotai Glory jinked and unseated George Baker with the Group Two contest at his mercy.

Charlie Hills’ speedy youngster showed an incredible burst to take three lengths out of the field with a furlong to run. Deep inside the final furlong Cotai Glory began to hang to his right and despite Baker’s best efforts he could not stop his path towards the rail, and then the saddle slipped slightly giving Baker no chance of staying in the plate.

When Cotai Glory streaked clear Beacon (8-1) was stone last and trading at any price on the betting exchanges, but William Buick chartered a path through the whole field to beat 50-1 shot Astrophysics by a head with Irish raider Accepted in third.

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