Doncaster Racing: A star is born


Star Of Seville earned quotes for next year’s Epsom Oaks after recording a high-class victory at Doncaster on just her second career outing.

John Gosden’s filly was a 100-30 chance for the first division of the Universal Recycling British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, having shaped with plenty of promise when third on her racecourse bow at Leicester earlier this month.

The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade was soon dominating at the head of affairs in the one-mile contest and once asked to go about her business by William Buick, the response was impressive.

Star Of Seville quickly put distance between her rivals and despite being heavily eased in the final furlongs, she still passed the post six lengths to the good over Dreamlike, with Speedy Boarding back in third.

Prices about Star Of Seville winning the Oaks range from 16-1 to 25s.

Hugo Lascelles, bloodstock advisor for owner-breeder Lady Bamford, said: “It was only a maiden, so let’s not be getting carried away, but she did it very well.

“She’s shown quite a lot at home and it was an encouraging first start at Leicester.

“This was a nice way to end the year for her, we’ll put her away now and look forward to next season.”

Buick told At The Races: “She went very well in the ground and she came on a lot for her first run at Leicester.

“I didn’t really want to go out and make the running, but there wasn’t anything leading me.

“I watched the replay and she’s killed the race three and a half (furlongs) down. On this ground, you want to keep the momentum up, as they can easily down tools.

“It was a pleasing performance and she’ll be something to look forward to next year.”

Saeed bin Suroor’s Beautiful Romance (3-1) was a similarly dominant winner of the second division in the hands of Frederik Tylicki, scooting nine lengths clear.

The daughter of New Approach is a best-priced 33-1 for the Oaks.

“She’s a lovely filly, Mr Bin Suroor was very keen on her and told me she’s been working very well,” said the jockey.

“She handled the ground beautifully, she ticks a lot of the boxes and she’s a nice prospect for next year. She’s obviously very well bred.”

Having cost one million euro as a yearling, Richard Hannon’s newcomer Thahab was all the rage for the Betdaq Three Per Cent Commission Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes, but had to make do with minor honours in third behind 6-1 shot Mutarakez.

A well-beaten fourth on his debut at Nottingham at the start of the month, Brian Meehan’s youngster stepped forward big time to get off the mark by a head.

Winning jockey Paul Hanagan said: “I used his experience as he learnt a lot first time and he’s come on leaps and bounds.

“He will probably get further, but he’s not short of speed, either.”

The most valuable event of the afternoon was the Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager Handicap, in which Geoff Oldroyd’s 11-2 favourite Jamaican Bolt won the day to complete a double for Buick.

Oldroyd said: “It all dropped right as he is lazy for a sprinter.

“He (Buick) couldn’t have ridden him in a better and the horse is a willing partner.”

Andrew Balding and David Probert combined to clinch the Betdaq Betting Exchange 30 Free Bet Handicap with 15-2 shot Spectator.

Probert said: “He’s relished the conditions and was visored for the first time. It’s all come together nicely for him.

“He’s able to travel into the race really well and once I’ve asked him he’s picked up and put it to bed really quickly.”

Apprentice Jenny Powell steered the Tom Dascombe-trained Stec (9-1) to a six-length success in the Socialites Zero Stoptober Nursery.

“I think he’s probably the only horse that’s handled the ground,” said Dascombe.

“He’ll be put away now for next year. He’s a big, fine horse and one day he’s going to make a super jumper for somebody.”

Luca Cumani’s Kleo (11-2) lifted the Betdaq Fifty Per Cent Commission First Three Months Handicap, while Gift Of Silence (14-1) showed plenty of heart in the Betdaq No Premium Charge Amateur Riders’ Handicap.