Chris Wall nominated Bella Tusa the best juvenile filly he has trained after watching her complete a hat-trick in fine style in the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr today.
And she is now set to take a step up in class and bid to extend her winning sequence in Group-race company at either Ascot or Newmarket.
She showed a splendid burst of speed to cut down the leaders inside the final furlong and she won going away by one and a half lengths from Membership with Tilak three-quarters of a length away in third.
Wall was clearly delighted with the filly, but was quick to pay tribute to his blacksmith Phil Brook, explaining: “We had her ready to run in the Prix d’Arenberg at Longchamp on Sunday but she bruised a foot.
“Phil did a great job to get her back so quick but we could not go to France, so today was the next plan, and we ran today instead of in the Firth Of Clyde here on Saturday, the ground may have dried up by then.”
The Newmarket trainer went on: “The Cornwallis (Group Three) at Ascot is a possibility, and she is in the Cheveley Park (Group One) at Newmarket – they are too close to be able to run her in both and as she likes some cut in the ground, it will all depend on the man upstairs whether we get any rain.”
The first part of Dean Ivory’s double plan fell into place when Blue Velvet just prevailed under Fergus Sweeney in a thrilling finish to the Kidzplay Helps Ayrshire Hospice Rated Stakes.
She burst out of the pack to lead inside the final furlong, and she just held the strong challenge from Friar Tuck by a head with Storyteller finishing well to take third, a half length further adrift.
And connections are now looking to tomorrow as Ivory’s representative Graham Nash explained: “As long as she is all right she will run in the Ayr Silver Cup.
“Fergus said she was better suited by ground here than she was at Goodwood, but he won’t be able to ride her tomorrow, he has to go to Newbury so Brett Doyle takes over.”
Blue Velvet will shoulder 9st 1lb, which includes a 3lb penalty, and she will be that much worse off with Brave Burt who was fourth today, beaten less than a length and a half.
Eddie Ahern is having a splendid season as stable jockey to Gerard Butler, but he is picking up plenty of outside rides too and gained a double first when getting the Linda Stubbs-trained Eastern Magenta home in front in the Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd Ayrshire Hospice Nursery.
It was his first winner on the course and first for Mrs Stubbs whose husband Bill said: “Eddie gave the horse a good ride, he got him balanced and did he was told – you can’t ask for more than that.”
However, Robert Havlin who rode the half-length runner-up Marker was banned for a total of four days (September 28 to October 1 ), one day for careless riding and three for using his whip with excessive frequency.
Michael Bell added to a couple of winners at Yarmouth when First Footing, in whom another local, Tony Collins, has a share made it third time lucky under Michael Fenton in the Ailsa Craig Maiden Auction Stakes.
Bell was taking his score for the season to 47, but his travelling head lad Chris Conway said: “We have had 51 seconds too, so things could have been a lot better.”
Robert Winston picked up a one-day suspension (September 29) for using his whip with excessive force on the Giles Insurance Brokers Ayrshire Hospice Stakes winner Allinjim, who could make a Cheltenham horse one day said trainer Jeremy Glover.