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Byline: Ayr Ben Hutton

JAMES GAFFNEY will be hoping that dual Listed winner Majestic Myles can bag a first Group success in today's Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but it has already been a good week for the owner as Majestic Moon, a brother to the recent four-and-a-half-length Chester winner, won the opening juvenile maiden in fine style.

Both are trained by Richard Fahey, and Majestic Moon could also be contesting Listed and Group races in the near future given how he quickened clear to score by five lengths. Jockey Tony Hamilton said: "He's a nice horse, he's come on loads for his first run, when he was a bit green, and he's made up for it today."

Hamilton completed a double in the next, the 6f handicap, as the first-timeblinkered Dutch Heritage defied another slow start to get up by three-quarters of a length. Hamilton said: "He makes hard work of it but he's done it well in the end. He jumps okay but then he's very slowly into his stride and I don't know whether the blinkers have worked or not because he's done exactly the same thing before but he's galloped on well to the line."

Fahey also trains Dutch Heritage and he completed a treble in the concluding mile handicap with Cheeky Wee Red for Eildon Hill Racing. The four-year-old is now two from two in cheekpieces and two from two under Laura Barry, who said: "She's an improving filly. She had cheekpieces back on today and they've helped her concentrate."

Ballistamakesitsweet16 Ballista had run in 15 handicaps without success prior to lining up in the 7f handicap, but he certainly made sure of his first win in such company by coming home clear by a commanding five lengths under Richard Kingscote.

The winner is owned by the Well Done Top Man Partnership and trained by Tom Dascombe, who said: "He won his first-ever race and he was brilliant as a two-year-old, but before today the only other race he'd won was a seller."

When asked whether he would run the four-year-old under a penalty before he is reassessed, Dascombe added: "He has a habit of running one good race and one bad one, so it's probably best to leave him alone and not run him too soon."

ToughBlueskyastar Following her game defeat of the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Yours Ever in the 1m5f handicap, the tremendously tough and versatile Lady Bluesky has now won ten times from 31 runs for trainer Alistair Whillans in bumpers, hurdles and on the Flat.

Even at the age of nine the admirable mare still seems to be improving, as she defied a career-high hurdles mark in May, and this was her second win on the spin over course and distance following a ready success a fortnight ago. Whillans said: "She's a little star. We'll maybe go for a bit better race with her next time."

BritsuccessforJefferson Malcolm Jefferson-trained winners on the Flat are like corgis featuring in Olympic opening ceremonies; you wait for years for one and then two come along at once.

Last week at Ayr, Uncle Brit provided Jefferson with his first winner on the Flat since November 2008, and the sixyear-old followed up at the same track in the 1m1f handicap.

Winning rider PJ McDonald said: "I was a little bit worried about the ground, but he's handled it well enough. That's as fast as he'd want it though as he didn't travel as well as he did last week. That was a step up in class today, and I think in that grade he can nick another one."

Luctorbattlesback Like Uncle Brit, Luctor Emergo was another winner from Ayr last Monday who went in again at the course yesterday.

Gordon McDowall's three-year-old prevailed over Arley Hall in a hardfought finish to the 1m2f handicap, and trainer Keith Dalgleish said: "He got headed and I thought it was game over, but he's battled back well. He's shown his versatility as the ground has quickened up a lot since last week."

Winning jockey Tom Eaves was found to have used his whip above the permitted frequency and was suspended for four days (August 13-16).

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