Meehan posts improved performance at Newmarket

Most Improved lit up a wet and miserable afternoon at Newmarket as he marked himself as a potential Classic contender in the EBF “Dutch Art” Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Maiden Stakes.

Most Improved lit up a wet and miserable afternoon at Newmarket as he marked himself as a potential Classic contender in the EBF “Dutch Art” Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Maiden Stakes.

Beaten just a short head by a Godolphin newcomer on his debut at the track earlier this month, the Brian Meehan-trained Most Improved was sent off the 4-5 favourite to land a first career success.

Martin Dwyer was happy to track the early pace before kicking for home two furlongs out, and his partner coasted home by five lengths from Welcome Gift.

The son of Lawman has plenty of big-race entries to choose from, but Meehan is already eyeing a crack at the Racing Post Trophy on October 22.

“I’m very pleased. It was just his second start and it could not have been better really,” he said.

“Martin stretched him out up the hill to teach him a bit more and he was good.

“The jockeys don’t seem to think it’s particularly soft, but I think he’s a horse for all grounds. He’s a well-balanced colt.

“We have talked about the Racing Post Trophy with him. There’s plenty of time, he’s in everything so we will just take stock.”

Victor Chandler introduced Most Improved into their 2000 Guineas betting at 25-1.

Meehan made it a double as Elusivity (3-1 joint-favourite) powered home in the closing Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Handicap.

Cosimo De Medici was cut to 25-1 from 40s by Stan James for the Cesarewitch after putting up a gutsy performance in the Piper-Heidsieck “Rare” Handicap.

The 11-1 shot looked to have hindered his chance when missing the break, but his slow start played into jockey Richard Hughes’ hands as the field went on at a strong early pace on testing ground.

Cosimo De Medici slowly worked his way back into contention and after hitting the front at the two-furlong marker, he hung on for a three-and-a-quarter-length verdict – despite running slightly across the track.

Hughes said of the Hughie Morrison-trained winner: “He would definitely stay the Cesarewitch trip and he would be one of the bottom weights.

“He would have a shot, but things just have to fall right for him a bit.”

Semayyel (18-1) made all the running to lift division one of the EBF “Resplendent Glory” Russian Standard “Platinum” Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Clive Brittain’s charge had refused to enter the stalls before the Sweet Solera at this track earlier in the month, but showed no such reluctance this time as she came home a half-length in front under Russell Price.

It was a first win for Price on just his third ride since returning to the saddle following a training career.

He told Racing UK: “It’s good to back riding, especially here at Newmarket. I have had a fantastic opportunity with Mr Brittain and Mr Manana.

“I really like this filly and she gave me a fantastic ride on the course.

“I was fortunate to ride in 12 different countries and had 576 worldwide winners, then I came back from Singapore and Malaysia, took out a licence.

“The recession wiped out a couple of my owners and I gave it up so here we are.”

The second division went to the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Lyric Of Light (6-1), with Mickael Barzalona winning a shade cosily by three-quarters of a length.

Godolphin made it a double when Tanaami (100-30-joint-favourite), who is handled by Saeed bin Suroor, made an eyecatching debut in the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Maiden Stakes

Devdas (11-2) proved a length and a quarter too good for his rivals in the Russian Standard “Original” Nursery

Clive Cox’s runner was landing a first victory in the hands of Adam Kirby after making the frame on his previous three starts.

“He really started to accelerate going into the dip and he stayed on well up the hill,” said Cox.

“He’s from a good family and I hope he progresses.

“He’s done this well today so we will just go home and have a look (for his next target) now.”

White Frost kept up Charlie Hills’ dream start as a trainer by making it a hat-trick as the 7-2 favourite in the Grants Whisky Handicap.

Hills’ took over from his father Barry at the beginning of the week and White Frost was his third winner, in the hands of his brother Michael.

He said: “It’s been a great week, Monday was a dream start.

“He handled the ground pretty well and he’s got a bit of speed.”

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