July Cup entry Pearl Secret maintains unbeaten record

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By Lewis Porteous
Racing Post

Report: Sandown, Saturday

Novae Bloodstock Insurance Scurry Stakes (Listed) 5f, 3yo

EXCITING sprinter Pearl Secret maintained his unbeaten record when edging out plucky front-runner Free Zone at Sandown on Saturday.

Despite failing to get any cover in the early stages, the 1-3 favourite travelled kindly for Richard Hughes and, despite having to knuckle down to secure the win, looked to score a shade cosily for trainer David Barron.

A winner at Doncaster and York already this season, Pearl Secret‘s task was made considerably easier after Ballesteros was ruled out on the morning of the race.

Free Zone, who had looked a little anxious in the stalls, hit the gates running and established a clear lead in the early stages, with Hughes trying his best to anchor the favourite behind runners.

However, he had to sit and suffer on the outside, although the Hughes’s credit, he did get the horse settled.

Moving through stylishly to take the lead with in the final furlong, Pearl Secret looked set to score with something in hand, only for Free Zone to battle back under Royston Ffrench.

However, Hughes never looked unduly concerned and it was fair to say he had something left in the tank as he held the runner-up close home.

The winner, registering a first success at Listed level, hold an entry in next month’s Group 1 July Cup.

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