Penitent: keeps on strongly to hold rivals at bay at Newmarket on FridayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Gutsy Penitent fends off Joel Stakes challengers
Report: Newmarket, Friday
Nayef Joel Stakes (Group 2) 1m, 3yo+
PENITENT powered up the far rail to provide trainer David O'Meara and jockey Danny Tudhope with another day to remember after his 10-1 success at Newmarket on Friday.
Owned by Middleham Park Racing, Penitent stuck on gamely to deny the fast-finishing Side Glance (6-1) close home. The admirable Premio Loco (16-1) finished well to take third.
O'Meara and Tudhope combined to land the Group 2 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Henry II Stakes with Blue Bajan at Sandown last year before Penitent struck in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at the same track in April.
The pair have also won the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes with Pepper Lane and the Ladbrokes Portland with Doc Hay at Doncaster this year.
Two furlongs out, Penitent led the small group up the far rail as the 7-2 favourite Most Improved attempted to make all up the centre of the track under Kieren Fallon.
He was closely followed by Royal Ascot winner Joviality and Stipulate, who took command as the runners hurtled past the bushes.
But it soon became clear that Penitent held a clear advantage running into the final furlong and he kept on strongly to see off the late thrust of Side Glance, who picked up well down the middle of the track.
O'Meara said: "Nick Bradley, one of the main shareholders in Middleham Park, rang and was adamant Danny needed to stay on the far rail and he was spot on. He said we would either win or finish last."