Trumpet Major could go in search of rich pickings in Ireland after showing his Sandown form to be all wrong to win the One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Richard Hannon’s colt was well beaten in the Solario Stakes there on soft ground but showed a smart turn of foot to land this Group Two contest on quicker going.
The Herridge handler has a sales race across the Irish Sea in mind for John Manley’s juvenile thanks to the two-length victory of Trumpet Major (7-1) over the strong-finishing Red Duke.
“It looked a tough race today, but he got bogged down at Sandown. He couldn’t lift a leg so Dobbsy (Pat Dobbs) was easy on him,” said Hannon, who also had a double at Goodwood’s afternoon meeting.
“I knew that form couldn’t be right as the horse that won the race (Talwar) beat him nearly 10 lengths that day and only beat him a short head before. We came here hopeful.
“I’ll have a word with John (Manley, owner) and see where we go.
“He was only a 20 grand purchase and he’s only the second one I’ve had by Arakan. The other was Dick Turpin.
“The race he could go for is the sales race in Ireland, but (only) if he doesn’t get too big a penalty.”
South African import Nocturnal Affair gave Irish trainer David Marnane a second win in the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap in the last three years with a tough display.
Joseph O’Brien was down to ride the five-year-old, but his Russian owners had wanted Neil Callan and when his original mount, Racy, was a late withdrawal, they got their wish.
In a typically fast and furious five-and-a-half-furlong dash, Nocturnal Affair (14-1) prevailed in a driving finish by half a length from Confessional with Addictive Dream a nose away in third and Ancient Cross a just neck back in fourth.
Nocturnal Affair was having only his second race since joining Marnane’s County Tipperary stable five months ago after a spell in Dubai.
He said: “He won’t go for the Ayr Gold Cup and is likely to go to Dubai again.
“I won this race before with Santo Padre and it’s brilliant to come back and win it again.
“He picked up a little injury in Dubai and luckily the owners sent him to me. He’s a nice horse.”
Premio Loco (15-8 favourite) became the oldest winner of the APC Industrial Services Park Stakes when swooping late to deny Dafeef by half a length under George Baker.
“Things hadn’t worked out for him this year and our horses were running a bit flat earlier in the campaign,” said trainer Chris Wall.
“We were running out of opportunities for him and this is not his best trip, but the ground came right for him and now he’s got a second Group Two under his belt.
“He’ll probably go for the Joel Stakes at Newmarket next.”
Frankie Dettori had no luck in the Ladbrokes St Leger on Blue Bunting, but at least he kept his supporters happy with a double for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor on Man Of Action and Anjaz.
Dettori followed Callan’s example when benefiting from a late switch to steer Man Of Action (13-2) to victory in the AgriArgo UK Tractor Challenge Handicap.
The Italian replaced Robert Havlin on Godolphin’s runner after Sarrsar was taken out because of the quick conditions.
Dettori bided his time on the four-year-old, who quickened with some aplomb in the final furlong to win by one and a half lengths from Eton Forever with Casual Glimpse a head away in third.
The Betfred Cambridgeshire now beckons for the gelding who was cut to 12-1 favourite from 20s with the sponsors.
“The ground is the key to him. If it was fast I knew he would run well,” said bin Suroor.
“Today Frankie sat him in behind and got him nice and relaxed. I know this horse always shows a good turn of foot at home.
“The nine furlongs of the Cambridgeshire should suit him well.”
Anjaz (7-2 joint-favourite) followed up her Kempton debut success with a half-length call over Burano in the Stratstone Endurance Nursery.
“She is improving all the time and will be all right for the future,” said bin Suroor.
“Physically she has done really well. She is up to Listed or Group Three level. We will find another race for her this year.”
Mark Johnston’s Swift Alhaarth made all the running to justify strong late support in the Powell Engineering Handicap, the 9-4 joint-favourite holding his market rival Midnight Oil by a length and three-quarters.
Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: “He travelled well through the race, he quickened up nicely and he’s really tough to pass.”