Klammer nails Horris Hill

Klammer looks to have left Jane Chapple-Hyam’s care on a winning note by shading a three-way finish to the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Stakes at Newbury.

Klammer looks to have left Jane Chapple-Hyam’s care on a winning note by shading a three-way finish to the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Stakes at Newbury.

The trainer was keen for her smart two-year-old to now take part in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf but owner Yan Wah Wu plans to transfer him to Hong Kong.

Chapple-Hyam conceded it will be unlikely she can change his mind.

In defying Dux Scholar and Elzaam by a nose and a neck respectively, Klammer (6-1) was paying yet another compliment to the brilliant Frankel, who had ruthlessly brushed him aside when the pair met in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

The Exceed And Excel colt had won three of his previous six starts and arrived later on the scene than the other two, but Jamie Spencer produced him immaculately to lead almost on the line, claiming Group Three honours in a race best known as the Horris Hill Stakes.

“He’s franked the Frankel form!” said Chapple-Hyam.

“Jamie said the horse got hit on the head by Richard Hills’ whip otherwise he would have won by half a length.

“I don’t think he’ll run again for me. He’s going to Hong Kong and we’ll be sad to lose him.

“I wanted him to run in the Breeders’ Cup but the owner was against it. He’s done me proud, he’s a good boy.”

Chapple-Hyam is comforted by having an unnamed half-sister to Klammer at home.

Clowance’s reliance on soft ground has tested the patience of Roger Charlton, but conditions came just right for the five-year-old mare to claim a much-deserved success in the John Smith’s Stakes (registered as the St Simon Stakes).

Fourth in the 2008 Oaks and a heroic second in the Irish St Leger on her next start over a year later, Clowance had been absent since finishing well adrift of Harbinger at this course in the spring.

Charlton, who had been advised to stay at home and rest his back, handed Richard Hughes his first winning ride back after a week-long ban.

Clowance was backed into 7-2 favouritism and it only appeared a question of when Hughes decided to pounce.

She led inside the final furlong and comfortably drew two lengths away from Poet.

Owner Barry Hurley said: “We’ve had to be very patient but she has never had anything serious wrong with her, just little things. She just has to have soft ground.

“I might keep her in training as there’s no rush to get her to the paddocks and you don’t get too many fillies as good as her – she has only run eight times. But it will be up to Roger.”

Hughes added: “She was a bit fresh early on but was always going to win from halfway down the straight.”

Charlton was also on the scoresheet earlier in the day when Al Kazeem (5-2 co-favourite) pocketed division one of the Wade Willis 50th Birthday EBF Maiden Stakes

The Listed John Moore And Biddestone Stud Memorial Stakes featured a host of unbeaten two-year-old fillies, but only one of them shone through the impressive three-and-a-quarter-length winner Zoowraa.

Roger Varian, representing trainer Michael Jarvis, said of the 3-1 favourite: “She only won a Redcar maiden last time but she has done very little wrong.

“Usually when they win like that, you’d say they have to like soft ground but I think she’s versatile.

“She isn’t the biggest, so you’d want her to have a good winter.”

Paddy Power quoted 16-1 for next year’s 1000 Guineas.

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