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Horse Racing: Spinning Queen a class above her rivals; WARWICK.

Byline: by Will O'Hanlon

SPINNING QUEEN brought a touch of class to an otherwise mundane meeting on Saturday evening when the 1,000 Guineas sixth quickened from off the pace to take the seven-furlong Listed race by three lengths under Michael Hills.

The filly, second to Speciosa in the Nell Gwyn Stakes before finishing behind the same horse in the Guineas at Newmarket on ground slower than she wants, found the going much more to her liking here and scored readily from Secret Night.

"Everything dropped right for her tonight, the pace, the ground and the way the race was run," said John Burrows, travelling head groom to winning trainer Barry Hills. "She loves this quick going, and a win like this will do a lot for her confidence."

Trainer Deborah Evans is considering a trip to Ireland next month with Invincible Force, who landed the odds under Eddie Ahern in the juvenile maiden after finishing runner-up on his two previous outings at Haydock.

"He's eligible to run in the big sales race at The Curragh next month," said Mrs Evans, "and we'll certainly be looking at that for him. He's won nicely here, will get six furlongs without a problem and seems to go on any ground, as good horses tend to do."

Pseudonym, twice a winner over hurdles for trainer Milton Harris this year, made a successful return to Flat action when producing a strong finish under Franny Norton to beat Hiddensee in the one-mile-seven-furlong handicap.

"This is the first time he's raced over a trip on the Flat, but he's bred for it," said Harris. "We bought him as a jumper, but we now know he's capable of holding his own on the Flat as well, so that gives us more options with him. He could come back here for the final of this series later in the year."

Emotive, who had opened his account at the tenth attempt when taking a Leicester claimer last month, stepped up again on that effort when defying top weight under Ashley Hamblett in the apprentices' handicap.

The 7-2 favourite did hang right in the closing stages, but was well on top in the last 100 yards as he came home a length and a half clear of runner-up Crush On You.

"Ashley said the horse was in front soon enough," said winning trainer Ian Wood, "but he was travelling so well halfway up the straight he didn't want to disappoint him. He could now go for another boys' race at Salisbury."

Eddie Ahern, successful on Invincible Force, went on to complete his double on Fear To Tread for trainer John Dunlop in the one-mile-three-furlong handicap, the filly scoring with a bit to spare from Is It Me despite hanging away from the whip in the closing stages.

Rory Moore was suspended for one day, July 5, after the stewards found him guilty of using his whip with excessive force on Delta Force in the race won by Pseudonym.

Star performance

Spinning Queen proved a class above her rivals in the Listed race and can hold her own when stepped back up to Group class
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2006
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