‘Our expectations weren’t great’ – shock group winner thrills veteran owner | Horse racing news

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Hollie Doyle and Romantic Time: the surprise winners of the Dick Poole Stakes

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By James Burn

Owner-breeder Elizabeth Haynes believes the Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes gave her a first after 70 years in the sport – a two-year-old girl winning the group in the form of Romantic Time, who landed Group 3 with odds of 28-1 under Hollie Doyle.

“I’m delighted,” said Haynes, whose husband Denis died in 2012. “Our expectations weren’t great as she was racing against fillies who beat her in Newbury last time around, but that’s a huge one. thrill for the stud and everyone there. “

Haynes, the oldest owner of Sir Michael Stoute, joked that she has been in the sport ‘forever’, and added: ‘I’m over 90 now, so 70 at least and I’m not. haven’t had a lot of group winners, certainly not a two-year-old. We’re crazy about Hollie – she’s brilliant. “

Romantic Time is formed in Cambridgeshire by William Stone, who bred wild boars before turning to thoroughbreds.

Cole on a high

The biggest smile on the course belonged to Morgan Cole after leading Piselli Molli to victory in apprentice handicap.

Cole, who is based with the three-year-old’s trainer Sir Mark Prescott, said: “It’s good to work there. It’s very rewarding and Sir Mark is a fair man. can be tough as everyone probably knows, but it’s totally worth it from my point of view.

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Morgan Cole: was all smiles after scoring aboard Piselli Molli

Morgan Cole: was all smiles after scoring aboard Piselli Molli

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“I’ve been there since the start of the year and I was with Marco Botti before that. It was actually Marco who sent me to work at Sir Mark on a Tuesday and I ended up leaving and going. . “

The 21-year-old, a British Racing School graduate who grew up with horses in Hertfordshire but is not from a racing family, added: “Things couldn’t get better and it looks now Seven winners. The goal would be to This is my best year and it’s all thanks to Sir Mark, so as long as I keep working hard I’m sure things will go well. “

Sponsored by Byerley Stud, the competition was the latest in a series of five-race apprentices on the track and Liam Browne topped the standings, taking home the top prize of £ 1,500.

Good girl

New York-based fashion pioneer Andrew Rosen may meet a few divas in his industry, but trainer Ralph Beckett praised the temper of Good American, who made a winning debut in the owner’s signature pink and lime silks in the fillies’ maiden 7f.

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Good American: hit in her debut for Ralph Beckett

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“I was telling her owner’s representative that I wish all my two year olds would walk in the paddock like this first time around – she showed up really well in the preliminaries and was professional throughout,” Beckett said, delighted to saddle up a winner for Rosen.

“I had a pretty good filly for him a few years ago, September Stars, who went to America and was a Listed winner there. I’ve had a few for him, but it’s been a as long as I haven’t coached him to be a winner, so it’s good, really good. Andrew is a huge fan. “

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