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ROOKIE trainer Vinnie Smith spiked the big guns at Salisbury as he landed his first Group success with 20-1 chance Blitzkreig.

Smith's 20-horse operation was up against the power firms of Godolphin and Coolmore, but Seb Sanders got a great run up the rails on Blitzkreig in the Autumn Stakes, a race which had seen earlier success for the likes of Nashwan and Nayef.

Sanders's move was enough to snatch victory from the Coolmore pair Dylan Thomas and Arabian Prince with the Godolphin rep Bold And Free among the also- rans under Frankie Dettori.

"This is our second season and I would just have laughed if you told me when we started that we would be winning a Group race by now," said the Newmarket-based trainer.

"However, Blitzkreig deserved his chance as he has run consistently well in good company since we had him gelded after his first win and Seb gave him a fantastic ride.

Sanders said: "I had no option other than sticking to the rails from a difficult draw. Vinnie told me to leave it late, so hitting the front in the last 50 yards was not too bad!"

There was almost a shock in the Cornwallis Stakes as well, but 25-1 chance Ajigolo was just touched off by Hunter Street at 4-1 under Alan Munro.

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam was used to success on this course in his days with the late Robert Sangster, but life has been a bit more difficult in Hong Kong and more recently in Newmarket.

The trainer said: "We needed a decent win like that as our horses have been sick through the summer.

"Hunter Street is due to go to the sales, but I will try to hang on to him."


HUNTER STREET: Wins the Cornwallis Stakes
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2005
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