Newmarket: Ace Ventura storms to Feilden victory

Ventura Storm - Ryan Moore wins from Mustajeer

Ventura Storm wins under Ryan Moore from Mustajeer

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Report: Newmarket, Tuesday Feilden Stakes (Listed Race) 1m1f, turf, 3yo

VENTURA STORM ran out a determined winner of a race that has provided significant Classic clues in recent years but trainer Richard Hannon is not eyeing up a tilt at Epsom following Tuesday’s success.

Last year’s Derby hero Golden Horn won the race two years after Intello claimed the prize, and the Richard Hannon-trained Ventura Storm was well supported to follow in their footsteps.

Sent off the 15-8 favourite under Ryan Moore, the Middleham Park Racing-owned colt travelled strongly behind long-time leader Mengli Khan before hitting the front entering the dip and holding off the challenges of both Mustajeer and Tathqeef.

‘He’ll be better next time’

Richard Hannon had not lost faith in Ventura Storm, despite a disappointing outing when beating only one home in last October’s Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in a race that was not run to suit.

Prior to that, the colt had been a smart winner at both Newmarket’s July Course and Salisbury but Hannon is thinking more along the lines of Royal Ascot than taking the Classic route.

“Ventura Storm is a lovely horse and Ryan Moore said he would get a mile and a quarter no problem,” said Hannon.

“He liked this sort of ground and we may have a look at something like the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“Mine have been needing the run but he’s got away with it and he’ll be better next time.”

Little lost in defeat

Tuesday’s race looks like representing decent form, with the three beaten horses losing little in defeat.

Three and three-quarter lengths covered the four runners at the line, with Mustajeer looking momentarily like giving jockey Dane O’Neill a double on the day before Ventura Storm responded to pressure from Moore.

Tathqeef was making tidy headway as he left the dip to take third and like Mengli Khan, a return to ground better than Tuesday’s good to soft looks set to help.


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