Robert handed Goodwood date

Big Robert earned himself a rise in class with trainer Willie Muir eyeing the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for the colt following his victory at Leicester.

Big Robert earned himself a rise in class with trainer Willie Muir eyeing the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for the colt following his victory at Leicester.

The Martin Dwyer ridden 11-10 shot overhauled Godolphin’s odds-on favourite Rallying Cry inside the distance of the 10-furlong ladbrokes.com Melton Mowbray Conditions Stakes to score by a length.

The pair pulled a distance clear of the only other runner Little Darlin.

Muir said: “It was a big decision on whether to run as he hates that soft ground, but he is a proper good horse and I hope that gets his confidence going.

“If all goes well he will go to the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, and Martin said the faster ground and extra distance there will suit him.”

Jonathan Geake sent out his first winner at the course as the improving Starlight Gazer swept from the rear down the centre of the track to claim the ladbrokescasino.com Handicap.

Travis Block’s mount, the 2-1 favourite, devoured the ground once hitting top gear and got up close home to deny Sailor King by a length.

Geake said of the four-year-old, who was 6lb well-in at the weights: “It is all about the ground with him – he loves it near abandoned.

“If it dries up, we will rest him for the autumn and he could be improving.”

Sauze d’Oulx ensured the Millman family’s arduous journey from Devon to Leicestershire paid off as his stamina won the day in the six-furlong ladbrokes.com Nursery.

The juvenile had been down the field on his most recent outings over the minimum distance but relished the longer trip on the testing ground under trainer Rod’s son James, and he collared Secret Meaning by a head.

Millman senior said: “He didn’t progress over five furlongs and he really wants seven; we always thought he wanted a trip.

“He is a nice horse and he should run well to the end of the season.”

Millman junior was given a one-day suspension (July 30) for careless riding.

County Meath-based Peter Mooney sent out his first winner in England and Ireland this summer as Drumalee Lass (3-1 joint favourite) made all in the ladbrokes.com Selling Stakes.

Mooney, who has been back in Ireland for a couple of years following a spell in Epsom, said: “She is in again at Ripon on Saturday in a seller and if all goes well she will go there.”

A gamble was landed in the ladbrokes.com Mountsorrel Maiden Stakes with the John Dunlop-trained Alaghiraar, who was backed in from 6-1 to 3s, seeing off market leader Earl Marshal by a neck.

Atlantic Gamble was favoured by the weights in the ladbrokescasino.com Claiming Stakes and duly obliged as the 5-6 favourite, with Dakota Rain emerging on top in the ladbrokes.com Apprentice Handicap.

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