Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ed Is Ahead at Newbury

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ed Is Ahead at Newbury

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ED McMahon made a second profitable visit to Newbury in less than a month as Electric Waves collected the Listed Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes, writes TOM PEACOCK.

The Staffordshire trainer and owner John Fretwell celebrated a bumper payday in July when Temple Meads, who runs in the same lime green colours, won the Weatherbys Super Sprint over course and distance.

On the same afternoon as the Super Sprint, this particular chestnut landed a nursery at Haydock and the rain-softened ground saw her in an even better light here.

Electric Waves and Richard Mullen put the event to bed at the onefurlong pole and she was good value for her length-and-a-quarter superiority over Sweet Cecily.

Hooray, the 6-5 favourite, was a big disappointment back in sixth.

McMahon said of the 10-1 chance: "I think the ground has helped her a little.

"Off a mark of 88, on paper you'd think she'd have run well if she was third or fourth, but she's a filly that hasn't stopped improving.

"It was a bit of a shot in the dark but we've taken our chance and it's paid off. I should think there might be some offers for her after this, so we'll have to wait and see."

Most of the two-year-old fillies engaged in the St Hugh's Stakes were sprint-bred and mainly on the small side, but there were several longerterm projects in action on a drizzly afternoon.

Nothing stood out more than Saamidd, who is surely another exciting candidate for Godolphin. From the family of Barathea and Gossamer, Saamidd was sent off at 11-4 in what looked a decent field for division one of the Don Deadman Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes, but he showed a devastating turn of foot following a little squeeze from Frankie Dettori and ended up winning by seven lengths.

Totesport and Sky Bet were impressed enough to introduce the colt at 20-1 for next year's 2000 Guineas. …

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