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Friday 19 January 2018

Doyle delivers at the double

James Doyle wasted no time in taking advantage of a fine opportunity with Roger Charlton as he helped Newnton Lodge to a winning debut in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown.

Doyle, who also made a chance ride count on Mick Channon's Signifer (3-1) in the Epsom Trainers Open Day 28th August Nursery, is regarded by many as one of the weighing room's unsung talents and has recently been noticed by the in-form Charlton.

Newnton Lodge made rapid headway in the last furlong to pull a length clear of Kid Suitor.

First Post (9-2 favourite) and Andrea Atzeni collected the Jimmy Green Racing Legend Handicap for the second time running, while Italian Tom (11-4) picked off 9-4 favourite Triple Dream in a depleted Jim Carey Memorial Handicap. Michael Stoute's Elraabeya (10-11 favourite) shook off the fleeting challenge of newcomer Tenavon to scoop the Haagen-Dazs Maiden Fillies' Stakes, while Groomed (10-1) and Adam Beschizza were begging for the line in the Hampton Court Handicap with 7-2 favourite Blue Destination closing to a head.

Noel Fehily hopes to be back in action shortly, after being sidelined by a wrist injury since November.

He is just waiting to get approval to return to the saddle from British Horseracing Authority chief medical adviser Dr Michael Turner after proving his fitness to his surgeon and physiotherapist.

Await The Dawn is reported to be in slightly better health following his comprehensive eclipse in Wednesday's Juddmonte International at York.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old never really looked like winning and eventually trailed home nearly six lengths adrift of winner Twice Over.

He was subsequently found to have a temperature but was reported to be recovering well.

Frederick Engels is settling down in his temporary home at Deauville ahead of an attempt for Group One compensation in tomorrow's Darley Prix Morny.

It will be a first runner at the Normandy course for English trainer David Brown.

Frederick Engels, along with Mick Channon's Gatepost, is one of two British runners in the six-furlong affair, which was taken by David Simcock's Dream Ahead last year and the Brian Meehan-trained Arcano in 2009.

"He travelled well and I'm happy with him," said Brown. "He's just A1. Although I don't want to get too carried away, we will be going over there thinking he's capable of a big run."

Prix Robert Papin winner Family One has only been beaten once in five starts while Eden's Drift, Vladimir and Frankie Dettori's mount, Dabirsim, have shown plenty of promise.

Ed Dunlop was left fuming after an obscure French rule prevented Snow Fairy from running in tomorrow's Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

The Newmarket trainer wanted to send last year's dual Classic winner across the Channel after withdrawing her from the Darley Yorkshire Oaks because of the ground.

"It's extremely annoying. We weren't made aware of the rule," said Dunlop, after finding out about the restriction on horses declared elsewhere within eight days of the French race.

Timepiece's rider Tom Queally is hoping to take advantage of the rule that prevents Snow Fairy running.

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