1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk May Hill Stakes
Group 2, Doncaster 15:40
£70,000 added,
2yo fillies only,
1m, Class 1  
Friday 11th September 2015


1 Turret Rocks 7/2
2 Marenko 10/1
3 Opal Tiara 14/1
NR: Hawksmoor (IRE)
8 ran Distances: ¾l, 1½l, ¾l
TIME 1m 36.82s (slow by 0.82s)

Turret Rocks wins the May Hill Stakes for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning. Favourite Pure Diamond finishes last.

Turret Rocks
Turret Rocks

The Jim Bolger-trained Turret Rocks (7/2) was a good winner of the Group Two 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk May Hill Stakes under jockey Kevin Manning.

Brought to the lead inside the final furlong, the daughter of Fastnet Rock kept on stoutly for pressure to record a three quarters of a length success.

The trainer also thinks another step up in trip will see the two-year-old to the best of her ability. He said: "This filly stays well and is pretty good. The mile will have helped bring out a bit more improvement after the Curragh race over seven. She ran well there that day and the really good pace and step up to a mile would have helped her even more.

"Ideally she would like to go further to a mile and a half so she is a filly for next year over that distance.

"She gets most of the stamina from the dam's side which is by Galileo and she comes from a good family which includes Goldikova so it is a staying pedigree.

"This is just the start of things to come for her. I had two fillies entered in the race, one for fast ground and one for soft ground, and the top of the ground horse won it."

As for the filly's future, plans are still up in the air as to where she goes now. Bolger added: "I don't know where we will go with her next. I was thinking about going to Paris before this race but I don't know about that after this. I have a good bunch of two-year-old fillies so I have a lot to choose from."

Kevin Manning remarked: "I was rowing away at her three and a half, four furlongs down but you know that, when you pick her up and change hands, she is going to keep lengthening and go to the line.

"I think that she is really a three-year-old and you will see the best of her when she steps up in trip next year. I would be very surprised if she didn't get a mile and a half. She had her ears pricked at the line and wasn't doing a great deal."

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Trainer Richard Hannon was happy enough with the performance of Marenko, who finished the three quarter length runner-up behind Turret Rocks this afternoon.

The 10/1 shot made the running for the majority of the race and looked to have her rivals in trouble as the field hit the furlong pole but she couldn't quite repel the challenge of the Jim Bolger-trained filly, who stayed on well to land the Group Two contest.

Hannon felt his filly stayed the trip well and thinks there will be plenty more to come from Marenko next year.

"She stayed the trip fine," said the trainer.

"She got a nice lead in front and we're pleased with her.

"She's run well and, when the leader got to her, she ran on again.

"She's in the Fillies Mile so we may head there but she's a big filly and next year we'll see the best of her."

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1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk May Hill Stakes
(Fillies' Group 2) (Str)
£70,000 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (2) Turret Rocks (IRE) 7/2 K J Manning
J S Bolger 2
2nd (1) ¾ Marenko 10/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 2
3rd (8) Opal Tiara (IRE) 14/1 Andrea Atzeni
M R Channon 2
4th (4) ¾ Light Up Our World (IRE) 12/1 Jim Crowley
R Hannon 2
5th (6) Gypsy Eyes (IRE) 13/2 J P Spencer
C Hills 2
6th (9) nk Midnight Crossing (IRE) 8/1 W J Lee
E Lynam 2
7th (7) Raaqy (IRE) 14/1 P Hanagan
B W Hills 2
8th (5) 7 Pure Diamond 7/4f James Doyle
S bin Suroor 2
NR (3) Hawksmoor (IRE) 5/1 Harry Bentley
H Palmer 2


Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP

2014 Agnes Stewart E Lynam W J Lee Clipper Logistics Group Ltd 11/4
2013 Ihtimal Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa Godolphin 11/10 fav
2012 Certify Mahmood Al Zarooni Mickael Barzalona Godolphin 4/6 fav
2011 Lyric Of Light Mahmood Al Zarooni Frankie Dettori Godolphin 9/1
2010 White Moonstone Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 8/11 fav
2009 Pollenator Richard Hannon Ryan Moore The Royal Ascot Racing Club 14/1
2008 Rainbow View John Gosden Jimmy Fortune George Strawbridge 1/3 fav
2007 Spacious James Fanshawe Jamie Spencer Cheveley Park Stud 9/4 fav
2006 Simply Perfect Jeremy Noseda Darryll Holland Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier 4/1
2005 Nasheej Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Malih L Al Basti 4/1
2004 Playful Act John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Sangster Family 8/1
2003 Kinnaird Patrick Haslam Kevin Darley Alastair Dinsmore 9/1
2002 Summitville James Given Michael Fenton Mountain High Partnership 11/2
2001 Half Glance Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Khalid Abdullah 5/2
2000 Karasta Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 5/4 fav
1999 Teggiano Clive Brittain Frankie Dettori Abdullah Saeed Bul Hab 13/2

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