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Article 20th April 2023 Newmarket

By Graham Clark

James Ferguson left Newmarket in high spirits after celebrating a 33-1 double at his home town track completed by the victory of yard favourite Like A Tiger, who defied an awkward moment in the stalls before landing the Price Promise At bet365 Handicap.  

Fresh from celebrating his first winner at his local course with Canberra Legend in the bet365 Feilden Stakes the Group One-winning handler ended the day on a triumphant note following the victory of the Farhh colt in the mile and a quarter contest.

Despite being slowly away the 3-1 favourite quickly made swift headway under Daniel Muscutt to latch on the rear of the field, before moving smoothly into the lead inside the final quarter of a mile and going on to score by four lengths.

Ferguson said: “He has obviously improved a lot from last year and his pedigree said it will. I’d say I’ve got a bit of stalls work to do and I took a ticket to go (in last). He is normally very relaxed so that did surprise me.

“Luckily they didn’t go very quick so he caught up nicely and it didn’t take too much out of him. I think the ground was a big player today as you can see his knee action.

“He has got a very soft ground action and good to soft plays into his favour and I can see him getting a mile and a half no problem.

“He came in off a light weight and he has the usual entries and we will have to see how he gets on. He is a very likeable horse at the yard and he is a bit of a yard favourite.

“It is wonderful team of owners, but the main owner is the Nas Syndicate, who are the same owners as El Bodegon, who was my first Group One. I’m thrilled.

“I wouldn’t want them to take each other on in the Dante if Canberra Legend goes there and I don’t think there is any need to do that.

“We have a really exciting team and a number of good quality horses in the yard. I had my first winner on the Rowley Mile earlier and now I have my second. I’ve tried hard for a long time and I’ve had a lot of failures.”

Big race entries might not yet be by the side of Silver Lady, however they are likely to be in the not too distant future according to trainer Charlie Appleby following her debut success in the bet365 European Breeders’ Fund Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.

After being the subject of rave reviews on the gallops in the lead up to the mile prize the Sea The Stars filly, who is a half-brother to Listed winner Highland Avenue, did not disappoint under champion jockey William Buick amongst a field of smart types.

Despite showing a tiny sign of greenness once getting to the front the even money favourite soon put matters to bed when straightened up by Buick before scoring by three and three quarter lengths.

Appleby said: “She is a filly at the end of the day was well touted. She has done some nice homework and she has got a great pedigree being out of Lumiere.

“She is by Sea The Stars and she is a half-sister to Highland Avenue who we had a lot of tout about as well. She is a good looking filly.

“We’ve not put her in any big races as we know the nature of the beast. Her mother Lumiere was a great race mare and Highland Avenue we’ve had the experience with and she just might want time.

“Her home work has been very good of late but she is a filly that I think to be honest with you we will look after.

“That is what I love about Newmarket as it up the road. She has done what she has done and within 48 hours she won’t have known she has had a run.”

With stablemate Dream Of Love already prominent in the betting for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas the Godolphin handler admitted he is likely to swerve supplementing Silver Lady for that and instead work back from the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He added: “She hasn’t got any lofty entries and she is not in the Guineas at the end of the day. I think we will get back and take a look at it all.

“The QIPCO 1000 Guineas might just come a bit too soon. She is a filly that has had a lovely experience here. We have a filly in the Guineas in Dream Of Love who is a realistic filly to be running in there.

“I don’t think we will be supplementing her for a Guineas as we want to ideally give her time and I think she will repay us. The Coronation could be the plan.

“Is she an Oaks filly, no, I think she has got too much pace for it and she hasn’t got the experience for a race like that either. It is a family that has got huge talent but they have got to be minded.

“It is probably the route I will go is tip toe (towards Ascot) rather than throw her in the lions den.”


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