Hat-trick up: Cenotaph lands Betfred Chelmsford City Cup for Noseda
Jeremy Noseda's Cenotaph completed a hat-trick at Chelmsford in the £100,000 Betfred Chelmsford City Cup Handicap, the richest race to have been run at the course and the most valuable contest of the day in Britain.
The Doreen Tabor-owned six-year-old defied a 12lb rise in the weights and wide draw under Ryan Moore, staying on strongly to defeat Charles Molson by a length and a quarter in the feature 7f event on the second most valuable evening meeting staged in Britain.
Cenotaph, formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, is unbeaten in three starts for Noseda and entered in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on October 20, for which he was shortened to 20-1 (from 33) with Betfred and Betway, although the Newmarket trainer is tempted by a campaign further afield.
Noseda said: "There were a few options for him after he won here last time but we thought this was the race to go for.
"The trip was a slight concern as he's better over 6f, but he's got plenty of talent and is a Stakes horse in the making.
"I feel the dirt could play to his strengths so the Golden Shaheen at Meydan could suit him. He's got a brilliant attitude and I'm thrilled with the way he's going."
Charlie Appleby’s debutant winner Court Poet earned a quote of 25-1 for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas with BetVictor following victory in the 1m novice stakes.
The son of Dubawi is entered in the Royal Lodge, Beresford and Dewhurst Stakes and found plenty for pressure to deny Leroy Leroy, who had the benefit of experience, by three quarters of a length under William Buick.
It was back-to-back wins in the race for Appleby, who took the prize last year with subsequent King Edward VII Stakes and Great Voltigeur scorer Old Persian.
Marco Botti's Fox Coach justified strong support to land the £35,000 7f Betfred Conditions Stakes under a confident ride by Andrea Atzeni.
The progressive Foxwedge colt was backed into 11-10f (from 9-4) and held the late challenge of Blonde Warrior.
Botti said on At The Races: "We fancied our horse. It was a bit of a trappy race – they didn't go quick – but he won well.
"He has solid form, a step up to a mile will suit him and he's going the right way."
Atzeni was suspended for two days – September 16 and 17 – after being deemed to have caused interference aboard the winner.
Yuga Kawada enjoyed the biggest winner of his summer spell in Britain aboard Sylvester Kirk's Nayslayer in the £35,000 6f totesport Nursery.
Kawada was a late replacement for Silvestre de Sousa, who was signed off by the racecourse medical officer for his two mounts on the evening, and brought the No Nay Never colt with a telling run in the final furlong to defeat Marhaba Milliar.
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