Nice Max seems to have earned himself a last-minute ticket to Royal Ascot after making a profitable debut for Michael Bell within the Betfair Racing…Solely Bettor Podcast Novice Stakes at Newbury.
A 260,000 guineas yearling buy for house owners Amo Racing Restricted, the Wootton Bassett colt was a 4-1 shot for his racecourse introduction over six and a half furlongs in Berkshire.
Having been ridden prominently all through, Jack Mitchell’s mount displayed a wise change of drugs to rise up and beat the wayward Harrow by three-quarters of a size – organising an meant tilt on the Chesham Stakes on Saturday week.
Profitable coach Michael Bell mentioned: “He is been working nicely at dwelling and we have been hopeful that he may do one thing like that.
“Offered he takes the race all proper and eats up and trains nicely subsequent week, he’ll run within the Chesham.
“There have not been many appropriate maidens to run him in, however we might had this plan in thoughts for some time.
“Section one has gone in response to plan, so if all goes nicely for the following week, we’ll head for Ascot.”
Sylvester Kirk admitted aid was his overriding emotion after Seattle Rock (5-2) made probably the most of getting her sights lowered in division one of many Betfair British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock was positioned within the Chesham at Ascot, the Candy Solera at Newmarket and the Status Stakes at Goodwood as a juvenile final season.
Having additionally been set two demanding exams this spring – ending down the sector within the Nell Gwyn and the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket – Seattle Rock had far much less on her plate at Newbury and duly opened her account with a two-length verdict underneath Ryan Moore.
“Aid is vital,” mentioned Kirk.
“You at all times fear once you’re taking a filly that is been extremely tried with respectable kind and an affordable mark again right into a maiden or a novice, so it is good the way in which she’s carried out it.
“It is particularly good that she’s carried out it over a mile as a result of her kind is clearly higher over shorter.”
He added: “It will likely be fascinating to see how the handicapper assesses the shape. Ryan was moderately complimentary about her, so we’ll sit down with Jeff (Smith, proprietor) and work out a plan from right here on.
“She has good black sort already and it is good to get the maiden tag off her.”
Division two was a a lot nearer run affair, with the William Haggas-trained Evident Magnificence and Tom Marquand getting the higher of fellow 5-2 joint-favourite Delicate Magnificence by a neck.