Caspar Netscher and Shane Kelly on their way to Greenham successPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Caspar Netscher nets Greenham for McCabe
Report: Newbury, Saturday
Aon Greenham Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo colts & geldings
CASPAR NETSCHER was driven out by jockey Shane Kelly to defeat Boomerang Bob and odds-on favourite Bronterre at Newbury.
The race had been robbed of some of its intrigue on Friday when leading Qipco 2,000 Guineas hope Top Offer and Tales Of Grimm were withdrawn due to the going leaving five to go to post.
Spiritual Star made the running at a steady pace with Bronterre, ridden by Ryan Moore instead of Pat Dobbs, pulling particularlyhard.
Running down inside the final quarter mile it was apparent that Caspar Netscher and Boomerang Bob were travelling best and it was the latter that went to the lead.
Caspar Netscher was switched to the near rail approaching the final furlong and was ridden out by Kelly to secure success by a length at 3-1. William Hill and Paddy Power both cut him to 25-1 (from 40) for the 2,000 Guineas next month.
Alan McCabe, who trains the winner for Charles Wentworth, is keen on a crack at Newmarket with his stable star.
"He was an improving horse last year and Shane said he didn't relish the ground today," McCabe said. "Shane liked him though and he's a tough little horse and is still improving.
"He'll go to the Guineas now, why not? Charles had a gentleman's agreement that whoever rode him in the Greenham would do so in the Guineas so Shane stays on."
He added: "We are the underdogs, we realise that, but if Aidan O'Brien trained him what price would he be?"
Boomerang Bob held on for second, while Bronterre weakened to finish third.
John Hills, trainer of Boomerang Bob, said: "We'll have to see about Newmarket, but I think he'll get the trip all right and he's pretty useful as he wasn't wound up - he was definitely short today.
"He's in the French Guineas as well and he'll have a crack at one of them."
Richard Hannon, trainer of Bronterre, said: "That was a little disappointing, but [Spiritual Star] finished tailed off so they might have set it up for the others on this ground. We'll see how he is in the morning."