White right for Bunbury bonus

Little White Lie overcame the ground concerns of his owners to continue his fine record for his new trainer in Newmarket’s feature handicap on Friday, the £100,000 (€125,029) Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup.

Little White Lie overcame the ground concerns of his owners to continue his fine record for his new trainer in Newmarket’s feature handicap on Friday, the £100,000 (€125,029) Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup.

The 14-1 shot is proving a fine purchase for Royston handler John Jenkins and came with a well-timed challenge under Darryll Holland to beat Lovelace a head, making it two wins from three starts since leaving Ger Lyons.

Former Manchester City and QPR footballer Barry Silkman, now an agent, is one of the Three Honest Men ownership.

He said: “John told me nothing could work with this horse at home. I thought the ground would be too fast and if it was down to me he would not have run.”

Trainer Tom Dascombe’s week got better still as the second Group race victory of his career arrived just 24 hours after the first.

With Classic Blade poaching the TNT July Stakes on Thursday it was now the time for Firth Of Fifth (8-1) to take the stage and he delivered an almost carbon-copy performance to his stablemate to lead all the way in the Weatherbys Superlative Stakes.

Runner-up Weald Park gave chase but was well held by a length and a quarter.

Dascombe said: “It just shows it’s worth having a go at these things!

“I must thank Peter Kavanagh. This horse turned up at the sales with a huge hock on him – I mean the size of a football – but Peter said he would be all right and I bought him for five grand.

“We had quite a party last night and with this horse, I haven’t a clue where we’ll go.”

Duntulm (7-1 favourite) gave further notice of his potential with another Newmarket victory in the Unicorn Asset Management Handicap.

“He’s a strange fellow, but very talented,” said Candy.

“I shouldn’t have run him at Haydock last time but he’s had a long break and I’d say he might just come on a little. I’d doubt he’ll get much further than a mile.”

Rider Dane O’Neill picked up a one-day ban (July 31) for using the whip incorrectly but was back on the mark as Fantasia (7-1) made an auspicious winning debut by three and a quarter lengths in the GCE Hires Winners EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

This was the same event picked by trainer Luca Cumani for Gossamer in 2001, who progressed to win an Irish 1000 Guineas.

“Purely coincidence,” said Cumani. “However, I am pleased she has won as a two-year-old, being a daughter of Sadler’s Wells.”

The market spoke in the Aristocracy Racing Clun Nursery, which went to Richard Hannon’s 7-4 favourite Measurement while the Egerton House Stables Handicap provided a double for Holland aboard Profit’s Reality (14-1).

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