Folly swoops for hot Charlton

Roger Charlton maintained his excellent summer strike-rate by landing the opening race of the 2010 Newmarket July Festival.

Roger Charlton maintained his excellent summer strike-rate by landing the opening race of the 2010 Newmarket July Festival.

The master of Beckhampton started the day with seven winners from 18 runners over the last fortnight and Folly Bridge (17-2) was the only horse he entered for the meeting in the Champagne Lanson EBF Fillies' Handicap.

The majority of Folly Bridge's career had been spent over shorter distances but in a messy race, Steve Drowne was one of the few riders to stay away from trouble near the far rail and cajoled her past Strictly Dancing to collect by a neck.

"I had nothing else this week, that's it. It's a good start and a good finish too," said Charlton.

"She looked like she didn't get seven furlongs last year but it suited today and she stayed on really well.

"She has won three times now and I'll see if I can find a Listed handicap somewhere."

Late money for Fireback proved spot-on as Andrew Balding's gelding took home a valuable prize in the £100,000 Stakes.

Fireback, the mount of David Probert, was available at more than 20-1 in the morning but shortened to 12-1 at the off for a highly competitive heat.

This was the first time he had reverted to six furlongs all season after respectable efforts over seven and a mile but as the packed field hit the rising ground, Fireback took off and his stamina helped him to a three-quarter length defeat of Bagamoyo and Gene Autry.

Balding remarked: "A mile was probably too far but a stiff six here was right up his street.

"We had the option of coming here or going over seven furlongs at Ascot on Saturday and I'm very relieved it has worked out."

Memory showed an electrifying turn of foot to follow up her Royal Ascot victory with a stunning success in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes.

Winner of the Albany at the Royal meeting, Richard Hannon's filly was sent of the 5-4 favourite to go in again.

However, favourite backers would have been a bit worried at halfway as Richard Hughes had nowhere to go allowing Soraaya first run.

Hughes switched the filly to the outside of the field though and she quickened up like top-class filly to win a shade cosily by three-quarters of a length.

Hannon said: "She's obviously a very good filly to quicken up and get out of trouble like that.

"The Moyglare is the obvious next step and that will take us through to the end of the season.

"I do think she's a Guineas filly, she'll have no problems stepping up in trip."

Mick Channon said of runner-up Soraaya: "We thought she was a decent filly and she obviously is but we've bumped into another one again.

"I would think we'll go to the Lowther next."

Chris Richardson, representing Cheveley Park Stud, owners of the third home, Hooray, said: "What she wants is a strong pace but she did not get it.

"She's slightly quirky but Sir Mark (Prescott, trainer) has done a great job with her and I believe there is a big one in her when things go right."

Memory is now the general 8-1 favourite for next year's 1000 Guineas.

First-time-out juvenile winners for Ed Dunlop are something of a rarity, so the prospects for Native Khan are already looking rosy after his victory in the EBF Maiden Stakes.

The grey Azamour colt was always prominent under Kieren Fallon and showed a really willing attitude when asked to win his race.

The Godolphin pair of Baransky and Bowermaster, also in the front rank throughout, filled the minor places three and a quarter lengths and a length adrift respectively.

Native Khan was given a 33-1 quote for the 2000 Guineas by William Hill.

Dunlop said: "He's done that very well but as for future plans, I don't know.

"I will say he'll be campaigned sparingly this year.

"I think we'll think about some decent races now. My father won this race last year (with Elusive Pimpernel) and went to York and won the Acomb with him so that's a possibility.

"Kieren was very pleased with the way he settled and I think we'll by sticking to seven furlongs this year."

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