Knight In The Right Company
Knight In The Right Company
Sporting Life

Perhaps William Knight was not being too ambitious with Dance Company after all as she showed plenty of potential when victorious at Lingfield.

The Angmering trainer was emboldened to give the daughter of Aussie Rules a Group One entry after she caught the eye on her two-year-old debut at Newbury in July, but plans had to be scrapped when she disappointed at the same Berkshire track a month later.

On her reappearance at three, Dance Company (11-1) showed plenty of dash to pick up Sputnik Sweetheart and skip three and a quarter lengths clear in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes.

“I thought she was quite impressive,” said Knight.

“She had been doing some nice work at home and when she ran first time out last year I gave her a Cheveley Park Stakes entry.

“My horses weren’t quite right and she underperformed the next time so we put her away.

“She isn’t in anything smart this year and we’ll see what the handicapper does but I’d like to think she could develop into a black-type filly.”

Knight’s return to form was confirmed by a double on the day, with Jim Crowley also narrowly winning division one of the Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap on 9-4 favourite Proper Charlie.

Division two went to Conor Dore’s Chjimes (3-1), now a 13-time winner on the Lingfield Polytrack.

Richard Hughes was on the wrong Richard Hannon runner on his comeback ride from a 50-day suspension as City Dazzler could only finish fourth behind Boudoir (9-1) in the Betfred Goals Galore Fillies’ Handicap.

Boudoir was partnered by Irish apprentice Sean Levey, who gave Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s filly a canny ride from the front.

Levey made a decisive move on the home bend, picking up a significant lead which he held on to by three-quarters of a length from the 5-2 favourite Saratoga Slew.

Richard Hannon jnr, the trainer’s son and assistant, said: “She’s a very tricky filly and Sean has done a lot of work with her in the stalls, so it was only fair he kept the ride – he gave her a lovely ride.

“City Dazzler ran well and could come out next week again.”

The Mirror Punters Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes went by an effortless 11 lengths to John Gosden’s The Nile (1-2 favourite), who was third to the well-regarded Tales Of Grimm on his debut.

Willies Wonder (7-2) managed to break his duck after three solid runs in maiden company this season by powering away with the Handicap.

Charlie Hills‘ three-year-old had already finished second a couple of times in 2012 and was no match for the wide-margin winner Intense Pink at Pontefract last week.

“He’s done it well first time in a handicap,” said Charlie Hills.

“He settled better and quickened up nicely. I think he bumped into quite a good filly last time, and also bumped into a good one at Warwick the time before.”

Epsom trainer Brett Johnson managed a one-two with his pair of runners in the Lingfield Park Owners Club Selling Stakes as Eagle Nebula (100-30) led home Oneiric.

Neil Callan had to survive a bit of jostling in order to help Gay Kelleway’s recent Wolverhampton winner One More Roman justify 11-4 joint-favouritism in the Betfred Mobile Sports Claiming Stakes.

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