Perfect start for Stride at Sandown

Perfect Stride succeeded where his sire Oasis Dream failed by taking first place in division one of the Monty Alford EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown.

Perfect Stride succeeded where his sire Oasis Dream failed by taking first place in division one of the Monty Alford EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown.

The champion sprinter was beaten into second in the corresponding race five years ago but his taking offspring went one better to earn himself a rise in class.

Sir Michael Stoute’s 9-2 shot devoured the ground down the outside of the track once pulled out by Ryan Moore and held off the 6-5 favourite Bold Choice by a short head, with Pinkindie just neck in behind.

And in doing so he earned a 25-1 quote for the Stan James 2000 Guineas with totesport and Blue Square.

Saeed Suhail’s racing manager Bruce Raymond said: “He is a lovely horse, is very imposing and has always done everything right.

“The jockey thinks we should keep him to seven furlongs as he travelled so well.

“I need to speak to Sir Michael but the Horris Hill might be next and we can step him up from there.”

Stoute’s bid to follow up in the UAE Handicap was foiled as his 11-4 favourite Lang Shining was seen off by the Roger Charlton-trained Cactus Rose in the hands of Steve Drowne.

The 4-1 winner has now scored on two of his last three starts, and Charlton said: “He is improving and he should get a mile and a quarter. He’ll make a nice horse for the October Sales.”

Thunder Bay (5-1 co-favourite) held on by the skin of his teeth to claim the opening Betfred Bingo Nursery Handicap.

Mick Channon’s juvenile hacked along in behind the leaders for most of the five-furlong dash and struck for home under Jimmy Fortune inside the distance.

He then had to dig deep to hold one of his market rivals – Perfect Flight – by a head.

Channon’s assistant George Peckham said: “That’s the third time he has won this season. His owners (The Abercrombie Partnership) are new to the yard, so it is great.”

Fortune completed a 32-1 double in division one of the maiden as the John Gosden-trained Royal Lodge and Racing Post Trophy entry Ridge Dance made virtually all to open his account at the third attempt.

The 9-2 favourite soon assumed command from Winged Legacy and found an impressive burst of speed to shoot clear when challenged by the eventual runner-up Emmrooz and score by a length.

Canadian Danehill registered his first turf win in over two years as Frankie Dettori executed a well-judged front-running ride in the HWFA Williams Handicap.

Although out of luck on grass since June 2005, Robert Cowell’s representative has scored six times on the all-weather in that time and bridged the gap when pulling well clear for a smart two-and-a-half-length victory.

Owner Tom Morley said of the 7-1 winner: “He needs to be near the pace and the faster ground has helped.

“After he finished third at Newmarket last week we knew he would run well here.”

Dettori notched a second winner of the afternoon when again leading from the front aboard Marcus Tregoning’s Nur Tau (7-1) in the “Text Betfred To 83080” Handicap.

The money poured on Angel Kate in the Paddock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes and after being sent off the 100-30 favourite, Henry Cecil’s three-year-old kept Meynell at bay by a short head.

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