Creative Force too strong at Newmarket
Creative Force will have his sights raised after claiming a third victory from four career starts at Newmarket
Impressive on his racecourse debut on the Rowley Mile last season, the Dubawi colt disappointed on his only subsequent juvenile appearance in the the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
However, having been gelded during the off-season, Charlie Appleby’s charge made a winning reappearance at the Craven meeting last month and was the 4-5 favourite to follow up in the Read Ryan Moore On Betting Betfair Handicap.
William Buick’s mount travelled strongly for much of the six-furlong contest and picked up well once meeting the rising ground to keep Perotto at bay by a length.
Appleby said: “He’s progressive and we’ll try to step up into a bit of black type now.
“Unfortunately the Commonwealth Cup (at Royal Ascot) isn’t an option because he’s got no undercarriage!
“He’s very professional and travels well and he’s honest.
“I haven’t got any immediate plans, but as William says, he deserves a crack at a Group race now.”
The Andrew Balding-trained Bell Rock (13-2) notched a third course win in the ‘My Oddsboost’ On Betfair Suffolk Stakes.
The keen-going Maydanny ensured the nine-furlong event was a sound test, with Bell Rock picking him off late to prevail by two and a half lengths under 5lb claimer William Carver.
Balding said: “He likes it here, but I don’t think there are too many races for him.
“He’ll be in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, but we’ll keep options open.
“At some stage we’ll have another go at a mile and a quarter, possibly in the Wolferton.”
Chil Chil (11-4 joint-favourite) provided Balding with a double when bolting up by three and a half lengths in the Betfair Exchange Handicap.
Having finished a neck behind Count Otto at the Craven meeting, she turned that form round in no uncertain terms under Silvestre de Sousa.
Balding said: “She’s a class mare. She just needs to relax and fast ground – she’s got a lot of style.
“The Wokingham was always the aim and I think that’s where we’ll go.
“I’d hope she can pick up some black type at some stage this year.”