Ryan Moore headed for the Derby meeting in fine touch as well-backed newcomer Illaunglass headlined an 18-1 Lingfield treble for the in-demand jockey.
Moore has major Epsom Classic rides on Havant and, hopefully, the Queen’s Carlton House to come, so there was not quite the pressure on a quiet afternoon where racegoers basked in the early summer sunshine.
There were considerable whispers before division two of the Lingfield Park Evening 4th June Median Auction Maiden Stakes that Illaunglass was at the top of Jeremy Noseda’s two-year-old pecking order and the photogenic daughter of Red Clubs was consequently sent off the 8-15 favourite.
She needed some encouragement to show her true colours on the Polytrack but soon settled the matter, two lengths clear of experienced pair Quick Bite and Maltease Ah.
“She’s a lovely filly and has done everything right at home but she hadn’t come off the bridle before,” reported Noseda.
“We’ll see how she comes out of this, look at her for eight or nine days and take it from there.
“I got the weather wrong as I was going to run her at Newmarket last week but I thought it would be too firm.”
Noseda collected one of those Newmarket maidens with Regal Realm, a filly he said that day could be under consideration for Royal Ascot.
“Those two have worked together and this one (Illaunglass) went better,” he revealed.
With Kieren Fallon absent, Moore picked up a spare for Luca Cumani in the Free Racing Replays on attheraces.com Handicap.
Guards Chapel (4-1) had not delivered anything in three previous maiden outings but came confidently up the far rail when the gaps opened.
Cumani’s son, Matt, said: “He’s been a difficult horse – he was shouting in the stalls for his first two runs so we gelded him.
“It had a bit of an effect but that was down to a magnificent ride from Ryan. He’ll probably have one more run before he goes to the sales.”
Moore went on to collect for his father Gary aboard Galiotto (6-4 favourite) in the attheraces.com Exclusive Hugh Taylor Tipping Handicap.
There was a nasty incident when Aine’s Delight slipped up on the home bend and decanted Simon Pearce, but both horse and jockey appeared to be OK.
Moore senior reported: “Last time he ran at Brighton, he just did nothing and we put the blinkers on again.
“We ran him with headgear at Kempton one day but he got too lit up but it worked today in a bad race.”
Moore and Noseda had the even-money favourite for division one of the juvenile maiden but third-placed Red Alpha may have come up against a good one in the shape of the Richard Hannon-trained Redact (11-4).
Redact had plenty to do in the home straight but hit another level despite Richard Hughes only using hands and heels, eventually scooting three lengths clear.
Nick Robinson, manager of owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: “We had a good idea this horse might be a bit out of the ordinary. He won’t run for a while, perhaps next at the Newmarket July meeting.”
Hughes added: “I thought if he popped out the stalls he’d win, but he didn’t and he had a lot to do at half-way. But to do it like that was pretty good.”
Street Secret (8-1), for Roger Varian and Neil Callan, built on her Nottingham debut to stay on best of all in the Lingfield Park Owners Club Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Arrow Storm (11-4 favourite) clung on to the Lingfield Marriott Hotel & Country Club Selling Stakes by a nose to continue the hot streak of trainer Tom Dascombe, while Hughie Morrison’s Queen Of Cash paid out at 15-2 in the Edenbrook Fillies’ Handicap.