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Sing Softly plays second fiddle to Barefoot Lady in Nell Gwyn

Aidan O'Brien's Sing Softly had to settle for the runner-up berth in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket yesterday after being edged out by the Richard Fahey-trained Barefoot Lady.

The Ballydoyle filly was sent off the 9/4 favourite having won both her previous outings this term but had no answer to the late challenge of Paul Hanagan's mount.

Despite drifting towards the far side rail in the closing stages, Sing Softly responded to Ryan Moore's urgings to lay down a strong challenge but Barefoot Lady held on by a neck, with Maqaasid three-quarters of a length back in third.

Sir Reginald (4/1) had earlier initiated a double for the Fahey-Hanagan combination by capturing the £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint in the colours of Channel 4 pundit Jim McGrath.

Hanagan swooped down the outside with a furlong to run to win by three-quarters of a length from Madany. "He was basically sold to Hong Kong but he had a tiny little cyst, which meant he couldn't go there," Fahey said.

Pausanias, part-owned by Alex Ferguson, gave Richard Hannon his fifth victory in the European Free Handicap. Weak in the betting at 100/30, he quickened nicely for Richard Hughes for a length victory over the front-running Rerouted.

Hannon said: "He'll come on a lot for that. I'm not sure what he'll do, but he's in the German Guineas and that could be a race he ends up in."

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