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Article 25th October 2023 Newmarket

By Graham Clark

Feigning Madness followed in the hoofprints of some talented individuals after maintaining his unbeaten record when completing an 8.75-1 double for trainer Ralph Beckett in the British Stallion Studs EBF Future Stayers Novice Stakes at Newmarket today.  

Plenty of subsequent top-class performers have emerged from the mile prize most notably 2021 St Leger hero Hurricane Lane who landed the 2020 renewal and multiple Group One scorer Cracksman, who claimed the 2016 prize before the race restrictions were changed. 

Appearing to need every yard of the trip the son of Ulysses backed up his debut Newbury success when getting up almost on the line to deny debutant Harper’s Destiny by a nose to give winning jockey Hector Crouch his second winner on the card. 

Beckett said of the 9-4 winner: “He never looked like winning as he was just green. He looked green at Newbury and fell in a bit. He did the same today. He is a nice horse to win under a penalty as that takes a bit of doing. 

“He surprised us at Newbury and I didn’t think he would know enough that is why I started him over seven furlongs. He galloped right out to the line. Next year he will want all of a mile and a half. 

“I think we will end up rolling the dice with a nice race in the spring and see how he goes.” 

Mountain Song took a break from her role as a lead horse to register a first victory on the turf and complete a 16-1 double for trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Fillies’ Handicap which the 11-2 chance secured by three quarters of a length

Appleby said: “She has toughed it out there. She has been a semi-consistent filly. She was beaten on the soft ground at Ascot, but we rode her more prominently today. 

“She has been leading the likes of Dance Sequence this year and that is what is she will be doing again next year.”




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