Prince Alex rules in Summer Handicap
The Rossa Ryan-ridden Prince Alex outstayed his rivals to win the valuable 14-furlong Summer Handicap on his first start since joining Newmarket trainer Michael Bell.
Ryan and Prince Alex always took the eye as the race developed, travelling well in behind as the field headed for the centre of the track on the rain-softened ground.
Prince Alex (13/2) had a protracted battle with 9/2 favourite Urban Artist, as the two edged back towards the far side, and stayed on dourly to prevail by a neck. Third went to Future Investment (7/1), a further length behind.
Nick Bell, assistant to his father, said: “We have not had the horse long – credit has to go to Ralph [Beckett, previous trainer] and the team at Kimpton for preparing him.
“It shows what a good constitution the horse has to be able to move stable early on in the week and then come here today and perform like he did. He seemed to really relish that soft ground and stays very well.
“He has been very laid back and hasn’t missed an oat in the feed bin. He seems a very pleasant horse to have around the place and a nice addition to the yard.
“He has only won a short-head today, so I don’t think he is going to go up enough to get in the Ebor and he is quite ground dependant.
“I’d say we’ll go wherever the weather takes us, but I believe this has been the plan for a while. It is nice for the horse’s sake that he got his head in front. I am sure he is a horse that is going to get better with age.
“I am delighted for Amo Racing. They are very good supporters of our yard, so it is nice they could have a winner on the big day.
“We had a couple of others join us too, including Meu Amor, who won the Listed Eternal Stakes at Carlisle.”
Ryan, enjoying his second winner at this year’s meeting, said: “I was very happy this morning when I saw all the rain coming. Prince Alex has been crying out for it really.
“He ran a good race considering a lot of things went wrong for me the last day at Newmarket, but I knew that if I could get him to relax then he would always come home for me.
“My only worry was that he only does enough, he’s not a straightforward push-button job.
“He half rallied again in the last half-furlong when he spotted the other horse. I always thought I had everyone covered.
“He’s a lovely horse and, after the year he had last year, he’s back on track.”
2.30pm Summer Handicap
1 Prince Alex (Amo Racing Limited) Michael Bell 4-8-09 Rossa Ryan 13/2
2 Urban Artist (Pangfield Racing V) Hughie Morrison 6-9-05 Oisin Murphy 9/2 fav
3 Future Investment (R N J Partnership) Ralph Beckett 5-9-02 Danny Tudhope 7/1
Michael Bell – 13th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Rossa Ryan – 2nd Qatar Goodwood Festival winner