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Fleeting Spirit denies elders with late burst; HAYDOCK.

Byline: David Carr reports

DON'T tell Gordon Brown, but youth is triumphing over experience wherever you look, whether it be a five-year-old defying the trends to win a Champion Hurdle or a three-year-old upsetting her elders in a Group 2 sprint.

And whereas Katchit's Cheltenham success was rather hard-fought, Fleeting Spirit became only the second three-year-old to take the Temple Stakes in 13 years with a romp reminiscent of David Cameron's Tories down the road in Crewe and Nantwich two days earlier.

Like the Conservative by-election candidate, she started off with plenty to do, having missed the break as Enticing, Desert Lord and Borderlescott blazed a trail on the far rail.

But there was a dramatic swing soon after halfway and Ryan Moore closed on the leaders from over a furlong out, his mount producing a stunning burst of speed to hit the front well inside the final 200 yards and score by an impressive two lengths - almost a landslide in a 5f Pattern race.

The filly, who had won the Molecomb Stakes and Flying Childers Stakes as well as chasing home Natagora in the Cheveley Park Stakes at two, smashed the track record by more than a second - though the quick conditions, a following wind and the fact this newly transferred contest was much the best 5f race ever staged at Haydock meant that the first seven home all went under the previous best time.

Her trainer Jeremy Noseda had not been tempted to try her in the 1,000 Guineas - "she is so fast and to try to get a mile is to destroy her natural asset" - but admitted to having initially been fazed by the relatively poor record of three-year-olds taking on their elders in sprints.

"It worried me all winter - any three-year-old running against older sprinters is tough," he said. "Then when I started working the filly I realised we were okay.

She just showed me something a little bit special and I was feeling more and more confident about things.

"I didn't have any doubt coming here, to be honest. She has got better since she was a two-year-old and she has been working fabulously at home without ever asking her to really ping.

"I didn't expect too much else other than winning. I am just delighted with the manner of it; to miss the break and then pick them up and beat them is fabulous.

After she missed the break I had a concern giving quick horses a start, but she has got a tremendous turn of foot.

"It has been a good day - I look forward to the King's Stand," added the trainer, who was quick to pay tribute to Ray Berry, who has ridden the winner every day since the filly joined the yard from the breeze-up sales and "has done a sterling job".

Fleeting Spirit is 9-2 favourite (from 14) with Coral for the newly upgraded Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she will not face a rematch with runner-up Borderlescott, whose sights are set to be lowered.

"He put up a great performance and the winner is obviously a good filly," said trainer Robin Bastiman. "We will have to find a Listed race for him."

Third-placed Desert Lord and Dandy Man, who started favourite but finished tenth, both lost a shoe during the race.


Temple Stakes

1 Fleeting Spirit -2

2 Borderlescott 0-1

3 Desert Lord 1-2

Owners The Searchers

Trainer Jeremy Noseda

Jockey Ryan Moore

Groom Matthew Harvey

Breeder Bernadette Hayden

Distances 2l, 11/2l


Fleeting Spirit makes a stunning seasonal debut with a runaway victory in the Group 2 Temple Stakes JOHN GROSSICK/RACINGFOTOS.COM
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2008
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