Klammer sent to Coventry

Klammer heads for the Coventry Stakes after maintaining his 100% record with victory in the 32RedPoker.com Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

Klammer heads for the Coventry Stakes after maintaining his 100% record with victory in the 32RedPoker.com Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

The Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained colt will go to Royal Ascot next month on the back of a neck success from My Son Max.

Chapple-Hyam’s 6-4 favourite travelled in touch as Alfraamsey led them, with My Son Max handy on the far rail.

But Klammer, ridden by Shane Kelly, edged to the front over one furlong out, and battled bravely to see off trainer Richard Hannon’s charge.

Chapple-Hyam said: “Going into the Dip, with his long legs, it just took a little bit of time for him to get motoring.

“But I would not imagine the track at Ascot will hinder him because there will be a faster pace there.

“He is entitled to go for the Coventry Stakes as he has won two races now and he was still green when Shane asked him to go.

“I have to work him with older horses – he works with the 94-rated Secret Asset and Big Bay, rated 88.

“It is nice to have a horse like this as it keeps everyone in the yard happy.”

Chiberta King was given a canny front-running ride by Jimmy Fortune to land some bets in the 32Red-sponsored stayers’ handicap.

Trainer Andrew Balding’s charge last won at this meeting 12 months ago – off a mark of 73.

Now rated 2lb higher by the handicapper, he recorded a third career triumph as the 11-4 favourite after opening up as a 7-2 shot.

Fortune wound up the pace from the front aboard Chiberta King, who was showing no signs of stopping as he hit the line two lengths clear of Gala Evening.

Fortune said: “I was on the best horse. He is a galloper and loves that fast ground.

“He saw it out well and will probably get further.

“He is a progressive type.”

Vainglory provided in-form trainer David Simcock with yet another winner when clinching the 32Red.com Handicap.

The six-year-old has regularly been striding out alongside Bushman – successful in Listed company at Windsor last Monday – and the exercise has clearly been of benefit.

The 10-1 shot was always handy and hit the front over one furlong out, with Martin Lane keeping him up to his work through the closing strides to defy Audemar by two lengths.

Simcock said: “He only cost three grand as a chuck-out and rarely runs a bad race.

“He is worth his weight in gold as he is so consistent.”

Blinkers worked the oracle for Green Lightning in the 32 Red Casino handicap as he led from start to finish for a 12-1 success.

The favourite Harris Tweed launched a concerted challenge, but Green Lightning kept finding more for jockey Joe Fanning, ensuring victory by a length and three-quarters.

Trainer Mark Johnston’s wife Deirdre said: “He had been a wee bit disappointing so far this season, so we thought we’d try the blinkers and see what happens and they have just made him concentrate.”

Imprimis Tagula recorded his first ever win on turf when taking the Racing Excellence “Hands And Heels” Apprentice Series Handicap.

The Alan Bailey-trained gelding won four times in five outings on the all-weather over the winter but had not threatened the frame in any of his last four starts.

But with jockey Natasha Eaton claiming 3lb, he challenged with purpose late on to nail a three-parts-of-a-length win from Peopleton Brook.

It was Eaton’s first victory at Headquarters and she said: “He is a genuine old boy and everyone loves him in the yard.”

Luca Cumani’s Afsare made heavy weather of landing odds of 4-11 in the 32Red.com Maiden as he hung left halfway across the track.

The ground was probably too quick for the son of Dubawi, but he still got the job done by a length and a quarter under Kieren Fallon.

Fallon and Cumani then teamed up for top honours in the concluding 32Redpoker.com Handicap when Day Of The Eagle swooped as the 100-30 favourite.

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