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Newmarket: Future looks bright for magnificent Motivator.

Ascot is where the Royal Ascot Racing Club want winners, and the Berkshire track could well be playing host to the syndicate's Motivator following a scintillating victory in the mile maiden that had Group performer written all over it.

Entered in next month's Royal Lodge at Ascot, Motivator, providing Kieren Fallon with his fifth winner of the day, sluiced up on his debut for trainer Michael Bell, and the son of Montjeu is clearly an exciting prospect who looks well bought at 75,000gns.

Bell said: 'This is a very exciting horse with a future. He's a horse who has always worked well, and the Royal Lodge is the target.'

Kim Tinkler, having her fifth ride at the course in the past five years, has not had many chances to shine at Newmarket, but she showed her worth on husband Nigel's Bright Sun in the classified stakes.

The trainer said: 'I've taken a while to find out what trip Bright Sun wants - but the jockey insisted it was a mile and she was right.'He's been a little bit weak and probably needs to be gelded, something we might do at the end of the season, but is a nice horse. He likes soft ground and might even stay a bit further. We'll enter him next week at Southwell and Ayr and see what the races look like.'

Stef Liddiard has made a tremendous start to her training career, and Mistral Sky, who took the six-furlong handicap, has proved a really good pal to the handler.

Given a fine ride by John Egan, Mistral Sky was winning his first handicap, and Liddiard said: 'This is a horse gaining in confidence. He would really want faster ground and I just wish I had run him over six furlongs sooner, as we stretched him over seven to start with. He will go on from this and is as tough as old boots.'

Tawny Way is proving an ultra-tough filly for the Rams Racing Club, and she recorded her second Newmarket success in the mile-and-a-half handicap, staying on the far-side rail in the straight under Steve Drowne and just showing too many guts for her rivals.

The seven-furlong maiden might have been expected to throw up a top performer, but while Fu Manchu's performance demonstrated battling qualities, he hardly set the world alight. Still, he provided the team of Tom Queally and David Loder with another winner.

Light was so bad by the last race that the crowd could hardly see the finish - ridiculous circumstances to race under - and it also made things difficult when a photo was needed. However, the film showed Violet Park had just pipped Cusco to record her second success in eight days for in-form Brian Meehan.

Star performance

Motivator, a class act on a mundane card, who had been perfectly prepared by Michael Bell's team for his debut
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2004
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