Art team look to the future

Orientalist Art is likely to be put away until the start of the Flat season after his rather laboured maiden success at Lingfield.

Orientalist Art is likely to be put away until the start of the Flat season after his rather laboured maiden success at Lingfield.

Peter Chapple-Hyam’s three-year-old hardly pulled up many trees in collecting at odds of 30-100 in the Be Beside Seaside Pontin’s Maiden Stakes.

The Matthew Green-owned colt looked a shade rusty on his first start for 268 days.

Seb Sanders’ mount still showed plenty of dash at the business end, however, staying on well enough to defeat Silent Master by a neck.

Jimmy Lindley, racing manager for Green, said: “I would be disappointed if he didn’t improve 5lb or even 6lb for that run.

“I am not sure he really appreciated the surface all that much either – he’s a much better horse on the grass.

“Seb said afterwards there was quite a bit left in him and that it took him a while to get his act together. I would think we will go back to the grass now and that would be his last run on the sand.”

Orientalist Art’s victory formed the first leg of a short-priced double for Chapple-Hyam, who later struck gold with the Alan Munro-ridden General Blucher (8-11 favourite) in the Bet Champions League – Betdaq Maiden Stakes.

Green’s colours were carried to a second victory on the day when the Simon Callaghan-trained Orpen’s Art (9-4 favourite) came from off the pace in the Best Value For Asian Handicaps – Betdaq Handicap.

Wizard Looking worked his magic after a 612-day absence to win the Family To Pontin’s Amateur Riders’ Handicap.

The well-backed 7-2 favourite and runner-up Ben Bacchus pulled clear in the straight but Wizard Looking always looked in control of proceedings and prevailed by a head.

The son of Wizard King, who had been out of action since June 2006 with a tendon problem, was making his debut for Don Cantillon, having previously been in the care of John Wainwright.

“He’s taken a bit of training – we’ve only had a few racecourse gallops into him – but he’s done it well,” said the Newmarket handler.

Naughty Thoughts, trained by Andy Turnell, finally hit the target on her 13th outing in the Great Family Memories Pontin’s Holidays Selling Stakes.

Sent off at odds of 8-1, the Grand Lodge filly came between Northern Desert and Arctic Desert beneath the shadow of the post to score by a short head under Alan Daly.

Naughty Thoughts was sold to Tom Dascombe for 8,800 guineas in the subsequent auction.

Count Ceprano came with a withering late run on the far rail to take the Peggy’s 90th Birthday Celebration Handicap in the hands of 7lb claimer Gabriel Hannon.

Trainer Mark Usher said of his 10-1 winner: “He’s back to a sensible mark and that was a brilliant ride because he must be produced late.

“There’s an apprentice race over a mile here next Friday so we will have a look at that now.”

Climate (10-1) warmed to his task in the Book Pontin’s – Because You’re Worth It Handicap and won going away for jockey Stephen Donohoe and trainer David Evans.

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