Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Freman Fans Smiling

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Freman Fans Smiling

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Byline: By Robert Pratt

Supporters of Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln favourite Fremen received a boost when his work companion Sublimity won a Listed contest at Doncaster on the opening day of the turf Flat season yesterday.

Both horses are trained at Newmarket by Sir Michael Stoute, who put up Johnny Murtagh on Sublimity in the Freephone Stanleybet Doncaster Mile.

Thecrack Irish jockey gave the 7-2 chance a patient ride to land the spoils in the 10-furlong event, getting the better of Gateman after a brief struggle.

Sublimity ran on strongly to score by a length and a quarter and Murtagh said: "He felt nice. He settled well. I was always travelling well.

"I came there a furlong down but you know Mark Johnston's horses, you never get by them easily and he kept hanging on in there. But my horse just had that extra bit of toe.

"He quickened well and has done very well for his first run of the year and I'm sure Michael has left a little bit more in there."

Jimmy Scott, representing Stoute, said: "Our horses are looking really good this year.

"Fremen is in good form and we are very happy with him. I just hope we have a bit more wind to dry it up slightly. That's the only concern I've got - we wouldn't want it loose on top."

Fremen is a general 6-1 chance for the first leg of the spring double tomorrow.

Gatwick, one of seven horses Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a share in, overcame his inexperience to land the Badsworth Maiden Stakes for trainer Mick Channon and jockey Richard Quinn.

The once-raced three-year-old was soon struggling to go the pace in the one-mile contest as Man Of Letters set a good gallop.

The leader was collared with a furlong left to go by Master Marvel but by this time Quinn had got his mount into top gear and the 4-1 chance nosed in front close home to score by a head.

Connections are considering a possible tilt at the French 2000 Guineas with the son of Ali-Royal and Channon's representative Gill Richardson said: "He's been going nicely at home. …

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