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Moorhouse Lad Speeds to Audi Victory

1st 7 Moorhouse Lad 10/1
2nd 17 Enticing 7/2
3rd 2 Tax Free 7/1

Ron Hull, who has three horses in training with Thirsk-based Bryan Smart, watched as 10/1 chance Moorhouse Lad carried his colours to victory in the five-furlong Group Three Audi Stakes, winning well by two lengths. The winner was ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore who had also taken the first and thus was gaining a 43/1 double.

Smart was at home watching the race on television, but Hull, who runs a recycling business near Rotherham in Yorkshire, said: “We knew he was a good horse with plenty of speed. Ryan said he is one of the fastest horses he’s ridden.

“Moorhouse Lad has been with Bryan since December last year, and this win is all down to him. He’s worked wonders with the horse.

“There’s talk about the Nunthorpe Stakes next, but Bryan will have his plan.”

Hull is hoping for a cross-country double - his Steel Silk runs in today’s 4.20 race at Nottingham.

Moore said: "He's probably one of the fastest I've ever ridden. He showed great speed out of the gates. He travelled all the way until about the two-pole, and when I gave him a dig one and a half out he quickened up really well. He's pretty good you know."


Trainer William Haggas’s wife Maureen felt the light rain that had fallen on Goodwood may have lost Enticing any chance she had of winning the Group 3 Audi Stakes, in which she finished two-lengths second to Moorhouse Lad.

“I think the rain beat us. I know it was very little but she wants it fast and Jamie (Spencer) said the ground was turning under her feet,” said Mrs Haggas.

“She actually almost didn’t get home on that ground but has run a nice race. She’s not that easy, there are just a few things you need to get right but next year she should hopefully be the finished article.

“Last time we thought she would trot up at Ayr but she came in season an hour before the race - that’s another thing you have to get right.

“The Nunthorpe is where we’ll be going but she wants fast ground, which is unusual for a Pivotal.”

David Nicholls, trainer of third-placed Tax Free, felt it was an excellent renewal of the Group 3 event.

“It’s actually probably Tax Free’s best run because of the penalties he was carrying - he was giving the winner 5lb and the second 11lb on the weight-for-age scale.

“They’ve come home in a great time and they were all good horses up there, with Wi Dud in fourth.

“There’s a race in Ireland for him, then one in France and he’ll then go for the Abbaye.”


Class 1, Group 3, £50,000 Guaranteed. For 3yo+, 5f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: after September 1, 2006, a winner of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 2 race 8lb; of a Group 1 race 10lb (races won at 2yo not to count for penalties). Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £28,390; 2nd: £10,760; 3rd: £5,385; 4th: £2,685; 5th: £1,345; 6th: £675

1) MOORHOUSE LAD (Ron Hull) Bryan Smart 4-9-00 Ryan Moore [14] 10/1
2) ENTICING (Lael Stable) William Haggas 3-8-08 Jamie Spencer [3] 7/2 Fav
3) TAX FREE (Ian Hewitson) David Nicholls 5-9-05 Adrian Nicholls [5] 7/1
4) WI DUD (John Duddy, L Duddy, P McBride, E Duffy) Kevin Ryan 3-8-11 Neil Callan [16]
5) PRIME DEFENDER (S Falle, M Franklin, J Sumision) Barry Hills 3-8-11 Michael Hills [8]
6) THE JOBBER (Rosemary Wilkerson & Partners) Michael Blanshard 6-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [15]
7) THE TATLING (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 10-9-00 Darryll Holland [6]
8) BOND CITY (Reg Bond) Geoff Oldroyd 5-9-00 Seb Sanders [13]
9) TAWAASSOL (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute t4-9-00 Richard Hills [1]
10) TERENTIA (Dr Hugh Jones) Ed McMahon 4-8-11 Richard Mullen [4]
11) DESERT LORD (Bull & Bell Partnership) Kevin Ryan b7-9-10 Daragh O'Donohoe [2]
12) DAZED AND AMAZED (Mrs R Ablett) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Richard Hughes [10]
13) TURN ON THE STYLE (The Haydock Badgeholders) John Balding b5-9-00 Paul Hanagan [7]
14) CELTIC MILL (Peter Asquith) David Barker p9-9-00 Jimmy Fortune [12]
15) AJIGOLO (Timberhill Racing Partnership) Mick Channon 4-9-00 Hugh Bowman [11]
16) CLASSIC ENCOUNTER (Khalifa Dasmal) David Simcock b1 4-9-00 Fergus Sweeney [17]
17) FREE ROSES (James Given) James Given 4-8-11 Tom Queally [9]

17 ran
Time: 57.32s Distances: 2, nk, .5, nk, .5, 1.5, nk, nk, .5, hd, 3, sh, nk, 1, 3.5, 1
Breeder: Peter Onslow Breeding: b g Bertolini (USA) - Record Time (Clantime)
Tote Win: £12.60 Places: £4.00; £2.00; £2.20 Exacta: £65.60

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: September 18, 1983 Other Details: Apprenticed to Richard Hannon having previously been with his father Gary at Woodingdean in Brighton. Champion jockey for the first time in 2006 with 180 winners. Suffered a complex fracture of his right arm in a fall at Lingfield on March 16, 2007, and missed three months of the season. First winner: Mersey Beat (Land Rover Defender Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, Towcester, May 15, 2000) First Group One Win: Notnowcato (2006 Juddmonte International Stakes) Major Wins: Celebration Mile (2005 Chic); totesport Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara); Dubai International Airport World Trophy (2004, 2005 The Tatling); Coral-Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato); Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej); Further Flight Stakes (2006 Frank Sonata); Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2006 Admiral’s Cruise); Henry II Stakes (2006 Tungsten Strike); Juddmonte International Stakes (2006 Notnowcato); Lancashire Oaks (2006 Allegretto); Mill Reef Stakes (2004 Galeota); Skybet York Stakes (2006 Best Alibi); Steventon Stakes (2006 Tam Lin); Winter Hill Stakes (2006 Tam Lin), £250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (2006 Caldra) Number of Wins 2002-06: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120; 180 (champion jockey) Wins in 2007: 43 First Goodwood win: Barbason (The News Amateur Riders’ H’cap, June 9, 2000) Goodwood winners: 44 (7 at July Meeting)

Winning trainer:-Name: Smart, Bryan Date of birth: 26/11/56 Riding career: Amateur & Professional - first jockey to Jenny Pitman 1973-81: rode approx 200 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: 1985/6 season - Head lad to Jenny Pitman Trains at Hambleton House, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Horses in training (1987-2007): 14; 28; 33; 32; 17; 13; 18; 22: 22: 30:30: 30: 42: 58:55:46:63:74:81:91; 72 Wins in a season (1993-2006): 3:2:10:11:6:11:17:9:27:27:39:27:35; 31 Classic Winners: French Oaks (1996 Sil Sila) Major races won: Duke Of York Stakes (2004 Monsieur Bond), Free Handicap (2006 Misu Bond), St Leger Yearling Stakes (1998 Boomerang Blade), Totepool Two-year-old Trophy (2005 Misu Bond) Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy), Audi Stakes (2007 Moorhouse Lad) Royal Ascot Wins: (3) Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone); Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn); Chesham Stakes (2007 Maze) First Royal Ascot winner: Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone) Wins in 2007: 30 First Goodwood winner: Polly Peculiar (14/9/96) Total Goodwood wins: 6 (2 at July Meeting)

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