With a victorious Newbury bow, Great Max makes his claim to Chesham.


With a victorious Newbury bow, Great Max makes his claim to Chesham.

After making a successful debut for Michael Bell in the Betfair Racing, Great Max appears to have earned himself a last-minute ticket to Royal Ascot…

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The Wootton Bassett colt was a 4-1 chance making his racecourse debut over six and a half furlongs in Berkshire, having cost owners Amo Racing Limited 260,000 guineas as a yearling.

After being ridden prominently throughout, Jack Mitchell’s mount showed a savvy shift of gear to go up and win by three-quarters of a length over the wayward Harrow, setting up a planned charge at the Chesham Stakes on Saturday week.

“He’s been training well at home, and we were hopeful that he could achieve something like that,” winning trainer Michael Bell said.

Phase one went smoothly, so if all goes well for the next week, we’ll be heading to Ascot.

“He’ll run in the Chesham if he handles the race well, eats properly, and trains well next week.

“There haven’t been many good maidens to run him in, but we’d been planning this for quite some time.

“Phase one went well, so if everything goes well for the next week, we’ll head to Ascot.”

After Seattle Rock (5-2) made the most of having her goals lowered in division one of the Betfair British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes, Sylvester Kirk said relief was his dominating emotion.

As a juvenile, the daughter of Fastnet Rock ran in the Chesham at Ascot, the Sweet Solera at Newmarket, and the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

Seattle Rock had significantly less on her plate at Newbury, having already completed two hard tests this spring – finishing last in the Nell Gwyn and the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket – and dutifully opened her account with a two-length verdict under Ryan Moore.

“Relief is crucial,” Kirk remarked.

“You always worry when you’re putting a highly tried filly back into a maiden or novice with decent form and a respectable mark, so it’s wonderful. (This is a brief piece.)


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