Surprise 50-1 shot Code Of Honour takes Maiden Stakes at Newbury

Henry Candy caught a few by surprise when his 50-1 chance Code Of Honour flew clear in division one of the Wedgewood Estates EBF Maiden Stakes at Newbury.

Surprise 50-1 shot Code Of Honour takes Maiden Stakes at Newbury

Henry Candy caught a few by surprise when his 50-1 chance Code Of Honour flew clear in division one of the Wedgewood Estates EBF Maiden Stakes at Newbury.

There were a few well-touted juveniles in this seven-furlong affair and Code Of Honour, who is a half-brother to the classy Codemaster, had shown little by way of promise on his debut over the course and distance last month.

However, he was always travelling strongly at the head of affairs and quickened up for Dane O'Neill to score by a length from Granell.

"He has been such a lunatic and a baby but he has now really grown up," said Candy.

"You don't know where you're at in a race like this but we now have to be fairly ambitious."

Black Spirit delighted Clive Cox with his continued return to top form in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial.

Alan Spence's gelding was a great hope for the stable at one time, but it has never quite panned out as expected and he had only returned with a belated victory at Doncaster last week after a near three-month lay-off.

A blanket could be thrown over three of the four finishers, with the 4-1 shot a head and three-quarters of a length in front of Lay Time and Coquet, with the 10-11 favourite Cameron Highland dropping away after leading.

"I'm thrilled," said Cox. "He ran a great race to be second in Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot but he got badly galloped into behind and he spent a month doing very little.

"Last week I was thrilled as we were just getting him back, and he's a very hardy horse so we have options abroad for him as well now."

Moohaajim produced a high-class performance to take the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.

The Marco Botti-trained youngster was fifth on just his second start in the Prix Morny behind Reckless Abandon, when not enjoying the best of runs, and was sent off as the 5-2 favourite to gain compensation.

Master Of War soon grabbed the rail and bowled along for Richard Hughes and at one stage it looked very likely that Adam Kirby, recording a double after Black Spirit, would have to sit and suffer on the strong-travelling market leader.

However, Kirby managed to find a gap and the response from his partner when he asked the Cape Cross colt to quicken was immediate.

The race was soon over, with a length and three-quarters the official margin from Master Of War.

Kirby said: "He's special, as long as he keeps his head he is going to be a really top-class horse.

"We were going very slow and I didn't want to set him alight and get him racing early.

"When he got out he picked up real good and very fast. He's got a high cruising speed and can really pick up off that.

"He'll stay further and I'm chuffed with him."

William Hill reacted with a quote of 20-1 for the 2000 Guineas, with Paddy Power going 25-1.

Botti said: "He was a bit unlucky in France and we thought he deserved another chance in good company.

"Adam said it was straightforward, they didn't go quick but he showed a tremendous turn of foot.

"He's in the Dewhurst and the Middle Park, and the ground will be key as he wouldn't want it too heavy.

"I imagine he will stay over here to run in the top races next year and I think he should stay a little bit further."

Richard Hannon said of runner-up Master Of War: "I think the winner is pretty good as Richard (Hughes) said he thought he had got them all beat.

"But he has run well and he is a nice little horse."

The stewards looked at the ride of Kirby on Moohaajim and found him guilty of careless riding, handing him a three-day suspension (October 6, 7 and 8).

Mark Johnston's Hajras (13-2) showed a powerful turn of foot in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.

Equally brilliant and frustrating, the colt showed his best side this time, steaming in front for Paul Hanagan with a couple of furlongs left and holding the charge of Unex El Greco by a length.

"Apart from once at Wolverhampton, Paul couldn't win on him and we kept stepping him up in trip until he won at Ascot recently," said Johnston.

"He showed what he could do then, and he has done it again."

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