Beacon lights up Newbury

Beacon Lodge gained his second win of the campaign when proving just too good in a thrilling renewal of the Mountgrange Stud Stakes at Newbury.

Beacon Lodge gained his second win of the campaign when proving just too good in a thrilling renewal of the Mountgrange Stud Stakes at Newbury.

Trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Adam Kirby, the 14-1 chance was settled just off the early pace set by Dubai Dynamo down the centre of the track.

He made noticeable headway as the field entered the final quarter-mile, however, and took a fractional advantage just over a furlong from home.

Kirby then kicked him into a decisive lead, but the fast-finishing pair of Stimulation (5-1) and Iguazu Falls (4-1) pushed him all the way to the line.

The post came just in time for Beacon Lodge, who repelled the aforementioned duo by a head and a neck respectively.

Kirby said: “He was idling in front and not doing a lot and I was slightly worried.

“But he’s a classy little horse and will be a lovely horse for next season.”

Crime Scene wandered markedly under pressure but maintained his momentum to strike gold for Godolphin in the Weatherbys St Simon Stakes.

Ted Durcan soon booted the 8-1 shot into an early lead and the pair turned for home still moving well at the head of affairs.

Challengers queued up to have a crack at the pacesetters, and when Crime Scene started to hang across the track inside the final two furlongs, his supporters suffered more than a few anxious moments.

However, the Royal Applause gelding was game in front and powered on to repel Ivy Creek (9-2) by a length and three-quarters, with the well-fancied Galactic Star proving a notable disappointment.

The winner had to survive a subsequent inquiry held by the Newbury stewards before connections could relax.

Durcan said: “We made the running and for whatever reason, just up the straight, he started to lug out into the middle of the track.

“But I think the best horse has won on the day and we had a nice easy lead.”

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