A comfortable two and three-quarter length triumph for Ajman King enhanced his record at Epsom to three wins from three starts while taking his overall winning streak to four, the son of Lope de Vega having also won at Doncaster on his final start last season, and Town Moor was once again a site for celebration as Flavius Titus and Spanish City made it an across-the-card treble for Andrea Atzeni, who hot-footed it northwards after his afternoon’s exploits.
Like Ajman King, Flavius Titus also carried the yellow and black-spotted silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid and he got up late to collar the David Evans-trained Los Camachos by a length, securing a second career success having broken his maiden at Kempton as a juvenile.
Thirty minutes later, Spanish City continued his progression with a last-gasp victory in the seven-furlong handicap for older horses, doing well to lead in the shadows of the post having raced away from where the main action developed inside the final quarter mile.
Owned by Craig Bennett’s Merry Fox Stud, Spanish City made a successful seasonal reappearance at Newcastle last month before running a fine race to finish sixth in the Victoria Cup, coming from further back than the main protagonists, and he looks capable of landing a valuable prize before the summer is out.
Meanwhile at Goodwood, the Yvonne Jacques-owned Impulsion showed her inexperience in the preliminaries to the six-furlong median auction maiden for fillies, while she was slowly away from the stalls as well, but neither factor prevented her from coming home with a powerful rattle under Champion Apprentice David Egan to blow this nine-runner field apart by five widening lengths.
A daughter of Footstepsinthesand who was purchased at as yearling from Goffs, Impulsion already looks a bargain buy at €40,000 and on this evidence she will have legitimate stakes aspirations as a rock-and-roll juvenile.
Roger said: “We have enjoyed a pleasing day at the office so thank you to the owners, all of the team back at home and most importantly the horses for making it happen! All four winners are exciting in their own right and this was a particularly good way to start off the most important month in the Flat calendar. Long may the good form continue.”