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Horse Racing: Ryan impresses on quirky winner.

Byline: By Martin Kelly

RYAN Moore cemented his burgeoning relationship with Sir Michael Stoute as he brought the talented, but quirky Papal Bull home ahead of a high-class field in the Princess Of Wales's WBX.COM Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.

The champion jockey earned all the plaudits last weekend with his tactically-astute ride aboard Stoute's Notnowcato in the Coral-Eclipse, and he was again flying high after bagging the Group Two prize.

His mount graduated through handicap company last season to strike in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting, but his form tailed off thereafter and he was slow to come to hand this summer.

The four-year-old disappointed at Sandown most recently and looked to be going nowhere fast at the July meeting when losing his position over six furlongs out.

Moore spurred his mount on though, and the 11-1 chance responded in his wayward manner, surging forward while holding his head to one side and swerving left inside the distance.

The Coolmore-owned son of Montjeu ran on well despite wandering once in the lead to collect by two-and-a-half lengths from Laverock and the front-running Shahin, who dead-heated for second place.

Moore said: "They went pretty quick and I was never travelling that well but once I started passing horses, he started to pick up.

"From halfway he started enjoying it; he started to take me beautifully into the race and I got there a bit sooner than I wanted really. He thought he'd done enough and started to hang. He's a very high-class horse and when things fall his way, he is up there with the best of them."

Peter Chapple-Hyam continues to leave an impression at all the Flat season's major meetings as Winker Watson produced a stellar last-to-first turnaround in the Group Two TNT July Stakes.

Now unbeaten in three starts, the winner of Royal Ascot's Norfolk Stakes looked in danger of losing his unblemished record as he missed the break to leave rider Jimmy Fortune at least seven lengths off the pace at the halfway point.

The once-raced River Proud made an assured bid for home inside the final furlong but inch by inch the 11-4 favourite reduced his margin, getting up by a short head on the line as Fortune calmly sat up in the saddle.

"He's very, very good, and I've said that for a while," reported Chapple-Hyam. Jimmy said he'd got him out of trouble. He was carrying a penalty and horses drawn high or low had no chance, so his class has got him through."

With the Vodafone Derby in the bag thanks to Authorized's exploits, Chapple-Hyam can now look towards next season's Stan James 2000 Guineas as Winker Watson was cut to 10-1 from 16s with the sponsors. Coral are a best-priced 14-1. Hearth-stead Maison (25-1) bounced back from a poor run in the Queen's Vase by readily lugging top weight in the Kleinwort Benson Stakes under Greg Fairley.

Man Of Vision had no luck in running and rattled home to pull the margin back to a length and a quarter at the line. Jonny Portman struck a blow for the smaller trainers as Spanish Bounty (14-1) had too many guns for well-backed 7-4 favourite Captain Brilliance in the Turf Italia EBF Novice Stakes.

Jamie Spencer deputised for Frankie Dettori to force home Bryan Smart's 7-2 favourite Moorhouse Lad in the Voute Sales Handicap.


TRIUMPH: Jonny Portman strikes a blow for the smaller trainers on Spanish Bounty, left.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2007
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