Sunday 18 August 2019

Babbo's Boy the highlight as Moore steals the show at Yarmouth

Jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Jockey Ryan Moore. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Graham Clark

Ryan Moore stole the show at Yarmouth yesterday after securing a treble highlighted by the Royal Ascot-bound Babbo's Boy in the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Novice Stakes.

After meeting trouble in running at Ripon on his previous start, the son of Mastercraftsman opened his account when edging out previous winner Questionare by a neck to give in-form handler Michael Bell his fourth winner in as many days.

Nick Bell, son and assistant, said of the 15-8 winner: "He was unlucky at Ripon when he got murdered on the rail. He looks like one for the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and that's what we earmarked for him. He is a mile-and-a-half horse, but he may get further in time."

Jeremy Noseda hopes Fleeting Princess will prove herself to be good enough to go to the Royal meeting after initiating Moore's hat-trick when making a winning debut in the Racing Welfare Maiden Stakes.

The Newmarket handler said of the 8-13 winner: "She has shown me enough at home to think she has a future and she has done what we expected today.


"She will improve for that run. In my mind I was half-looking at the Marygate at York, but that it is not set in stone. If she does go for that, it is pretty obvious after that where we want to go and that is the dream, but we have got a few steps to take first."

Lake Volta (4-6) completed Moore's haul in the feature Riverside Rental Ladies Of Horning Handicap by a length and three-quarters.

Charlie Johnston, son and assistant to winning trainer Mark Johnston, said: "The handicapper killed us last year. He gave us 15lb for winning at Epsom on Oaks day and we have spent the next 10 months get back to a reasonable mark.

Julia Feilden suffered mixed emotions after celebrating her first double of 2019, which was completed by the two-length victory of Gas Monkey (3-1) under her daughter Shelley Birkett in the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Handicap.

Feilden, who claimed the opening mile handicap with Oud Metha Bridge, said: "I love this horse as I bred her and I bred the jockey! The hood has made all the difference today."

After celebrating her first turf winner of the year, Birkett was later taken to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston for further assessment after parting ways with Spanish Mane in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Fillies' Handicap.

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