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Newbury: Floreeda a divine black-type success for Cecil.

Byline: Geoff Lester

HENRY Cecil continued his revival when Floreeda, a half-sister to his Oaks winner Love Divine, captured the Listed race for fillies and mares.

Love Divine's Epsom success in Millennium year was Cecil's last Group 1 winner in Britain, but while her kid sister is miles behind in terms of ability, she has plenty of qualities, not least the fact that she stays and tries her heart out.

Willie Ryan, deputising for Richard Quinn, who could not make the weight, jumped Floreeda out in front and they made every yard to beat El Laoob by a length and a quarter.

Cecil said: "I'm delighted for Trevor Harris, who has the Lordship Stud. They are relatively small owner-breeders and deserve all the success they get, and winning a Listed race with a filly bred like this is so important."

Milton Bradley has few winners at Newbury - "I do remember being on target with Offa's Mead many moons ago" - but the Chepstow trainer celebrated a one-two with Fly More and Whistler in the sprint handicap.

Whistler had finished well in front of his stablemate at Goodwood last week, but punters get used to form reversals from the Bradley runners and, under a power-packed finish from Darryll Holland, Fly More got home by a neck.

Bradley said: "I fancied Fly More at Goodwood, but Kevin [Darley] gave him a slap in the stalls, which is very uncharacteristic for him, and the horse was never travelling."

Not to be outdone by the remarkable Bradley, Richard Hannon saddled Doris Souter and Toy Show to finish one-two in the fillies' handicap.

Barry Hills won both two-year-old races, producing a smart debutante in Bay Tree, who took the fillies' maiden, and landing the nursery with Asia Winds.

Sadly, Bay Tree, who outran the Godolphin-owned Al Sifaat in a final-furlong dash, is one of Wafic Said's horses who will come under the hammer when the owner turns his back on the British racing scene at the end of the season.

Hills said: "I have two for Wafic and the other is Tante Rose, who is this filly's half-sister. She ran a career-best race when she was third at Goodwood last week and the plan is to take her to Deauville for the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

"I could not be more pleased with Bay Tree, who really warmed up in the last furlong and a half. We will strike while the iron is hot and have a shot at the Sweet Solera at Newmarket on Saturday. The extra furlong should suit her."

Asia Winds won over the minimum trip at Bath, but Hills always felt a step up in trip would be beneficial and his judgement was proved spot on when she popped up at 10-1, flooring the unlucky-in-running Top Spec.

James Fanshawe, who enjoyed a good week, carried on where he left off when Bury St Edmunds took the three-year-old maiden, though it is questionable what she beat.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2003
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