German import Power Girl made the best possible start for new trainer Paul Cole when she ran out a surprise 14-1 winner of the Tweenhills Farm And Stud Warwickshire Oaks at Warwick today.
The four-year-old was a winner at Mulheim last year before making the switch to Cole’s yard over the winter.
She looked a decent recruit as she came with a strong run in the final furlong under Jamie Spencer to snatch the prize by a short head.
Spencer tracked 4-6 favourite Mango Mischief throughout the 11-furlong event, always keeping Seb Sanders’ mount in his sights off a steady early gallop.
Power Girl bided her time before making her move two furlongs and finding plenty under pressure, she just got up to beat Mango Mischief with Play Me a further length back in third.
Cole’s travelling head lad Robert Stutter said: “She came to us in late winter and we decided to give her a bit of a holiday.
“She has been showing signs of being a nice filly at home.”
Frankie Dettori’s only ride at the meeting proved expensive for favourite backers as the 4-6 market leader Abby Road had to give best to Frisky Talk in the EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Abby Road hit the front over a furlong out but ran green in the closing stages and was beaten a head by Barry Hills’ more experience runner.
Travelling head lad John Burrows said: “She is going the right way and that is the first time she has had a decent draw.”
Bakhoor, having her first start since switching from Dubai, scooted away with the Foresters Arms Fillies’ Handicap in the hands of Alan Munro.
The 7-2 joint favourite beat Some Diva by two lengths on her first outing since joining William Jarvis’ team.
Owner Ziad Galadari’s racing representative Andrew Sime said: “She could only run on dirt in Dubai and she did not like it. We thought she would better on turf.”
Adobe gave 17-year-old Ben Brisbourne a day to remember as the 25-1 shot took him to his first win under Rules in the Racing UK Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
Brisbourne, son of trainer Mark, won a charity race at Uttoxeter five weeks ago and he landed another success as Adobe held Fantasy Defender by a length and a quarter.
“That has given me more pleasure than any big winner and I am grateful to owner Peter Kirk for letting him ride him,” said Brisbourne Snr.
“Ben has had three rides, two at Wolverhampton and one at Redcar as well as winning that charity race at Uttoxeter.”
Meditation (13-2) completed a quick double with her second win in just over a week in the Pricewaterhousecoopers Handicap while Siena Star (6-1) took the closing Racing UK Handicap under Micky Fenton.