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Cape Amber cruises to deserved Listed success


CAPE AMBER ran her rivals ragged, enjoying lifeat Listed level, after being among those to see the back of top filly Lush Lashes more times than she would have liked this year.

First it was the Musidora, then the Oaks when they were fifth and sixth and finally the Yorkshire Oaks last month, so the feature John Musker Stakes was a big comedown and with Alan Munro getting her to enjoy herself in front as she dropped down to 1m 2f she never saw another rival and drew imperiously clear with only Moon Sister able to chase her home at a respectable distance.

Munro, who had more trouble pulling up the strapping filly, said: "She is a hard filly to weigh up. It feels like a mile and a half might be too far for her and she got this trip better -she is a nice filly for next year."

Two apprentices earned the plaudits for their latest winning rides. Ashley Morgan is getting a much-improved report from his teacher Mark Tompkins and showed just why in energising Blue Admiral to win the seller.

Rather like David Probert, it has taken time for Morgan to break through as he has been with the Newmarket trainer for two years but his star is rising, having shown his talents with a big nursery win at Doncaster on television last weekend.

"I hope to make him champion apprentice next year like we did with Saleem (Golam). He is well worth his 7lb claim."                            
Louis-Philippe Beuzelin is more worldly wise and, having joined Sir Michael Stoute from Barbados, he again impressed on his fifth winner in this country as he finessed Novikov home in a three-way photo with Dark Prospect and Stoute's favourite Kingdom of Fife.

It was still a good day for Stoute and his number one Ryan Moore as they combined for a double, taking the two 7f maidens.

Marching Time kicked it off with a long withering run that proved too strong for 40-1 chance Tamarah, and Glass Harmonium, who holds the Dewhurst entry, never gave supporters who hammered him into 8-15 a moments doubt.

The soon to be recrowned champion jockey made it three with success on the gambled-on Poppets Sweetlove in the 7f handicap to complete a near 20-1 treble.

Timeform's supremos Jim McGrath and Reg Griffin have suffered some unlucky runs with their Opus Maximus but Royston Ffrench took that out of the equation in the mile handicap by jumping out smartly and making all in style.

Star performance
Cape Amber - a fully deserved Listed success gained in some style



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