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hardie's star rising steady

Cam Hardie claimed his latest achievement on a growing list when riding a winner in the royal blue colours of Godolphin at Lingfield.

The apprentice created history at the same Surrey course when landing the first ever race held in Britain on Good Friday, and successes at Glorious Goodwood and on Eclipse day at Sandown have followed.

While based with Richard Hannon, he has evidently caught the attention of Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, who supplied the mount on Barchan in the 32Red Casino Nursery.

The 9-4 favourite only needed to be shaken up to pass Magic Mac and score by a length.

"I appreciate Mr Appleby and all those connected with Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed for giving me nice opportunities," said Hardie.

"I had my first ride for him last week. They're little races but it feels very good to be in the Godolphin blue.

"He's a good-looking colt, and his sire War Front has produced some good ones. Hopefully there should be more to come from him."

As well as the intervening event at Catterick, Appleby had already won the opening race of the afternoon.

He booked William Buick for Turning Times, a flighty roan daughter of Pivotal, and the even-money favourite for the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

After finishing second on her previous two starts, Turning Times was that bit more streetwise than her four rivals and made all the running to score by two lengths from Lexi's Red Devil, the only other runner to have appeared before.

"She'd got a bit of experience, and that helps around a tight track like this," said Buick.

"I'd say a mile is her maximum, and her optimum."

While Hardie's trajectory continues upwards, he would surely like to reach the position of another of his apprentice colleagues.


Oisin Murphy, who was last week announced as Qatar Racing's second jockey, took the Racing Specials At 32RedSport.com Handicap.

Brother Tiger (9-4 favourite) was dropping back to five furlongs for the first time but came with a powerful run up the inside to score by half a length from Angel Way.

"I got him settled off a fast pace and he's seen it out well," said Murphy.

"David Griffiths (trainer) has done very well with Take Cover, in the same colours.

"This horse isn't on the same level, but hopefully he'll continue to improve."

Khalid Abdullah has kept horses in training with the Perrett family since the days of Dancing Brave and Warning in the 1980s and there was an encouraging debut victory from his Spacelab in the Greyhound Maiden Stakes.

Related to the likes of Flintshire, the James Doyle-ridden 25-1 chance picked off well-backed 7-4 favourite Rembrandt Van Rijn by half a length.

"She only came to us this year, she didn't run as a two-year-old and was out in Ireland," said Amanda Perrett.

"We've always been grateful for the support of Prince Khalid, and she looks a lovely filly with strength and scope."

Ohio (6-1) looked a little less exposed than some in the 32 Red Handicap and she came good for trainer Nick Littmoden and jockey Luke Morris.

"She's got a nice attitude and she improved for the step up in trip," said Morris.

"She was just pulling up a bit close home, and she'll win again when she gets her turn."