Zeyaadah wore down Technique late on to land the Group 3 William Hill Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes at Newcastle on Friday evening.
Roger Varian’s filly was well beaten at Epsom in the Cazoo Oaks when the day’s rainfall went against her, but she enjoyed her Newcastle debut thanks in part to a fine ride from Jim Crowley.
Held up in the early exchanges, Crowley allowed the daughter of Tamayuz to ease herself into the contest before asking her to pick up inside the final quarter mile.
She had plenty to do when Technique hit the front but showed an impressive change of gear to get on top and deny Martyn Meade’s challenger by a head.
Oriental Mystique was best of the rest in third.
Crowley said: “Rain tipped down at Epsom and she’s obviously a top of the ground filly.
“I had to sit in, I didn’t want to go three wide the whole way and she had a nice target to aim at. She probably kept a little bit up her sleeve as well.
“It’s a nice confidence booster and hopefully she’ll take a step forward again.”
Remarkable Caspian up for the Cup – again
The brilliant Caspian Prince won the William Hill Gosforth Park Cup for the second year running at the age of 12 earlier on the card.
The son of Dylan Thomas won at Beverley 10 days ago and continued his superb form with a fantastic success under Theodore Ladd as he held on by a neck from May Sonic.
It was the veteran sprinter’s 23rd success of an astonishing career and he seems to enjoy Newcastle as much as he does Epsom – where he has won three ‘Dash’ handicaps on Derby day.
Ladd said: “It’s the biggest winner of my career so far.
“Last year, he actually sat second – which is unlike Caspian Prince. But that Ornate (third 12 months ago) has such early toe, so if you take each other on you burn each other out.
“Mick said to me ‘if that Ornate wants to go on, don’t get in a battle with him – and he’ll come home strong at the end’.
“I’m absolutely over the moon.
Stephen Louch, who co-owns Caspian Prince with Rutland trainer Appleby, added: “Words can’t describe him really – he’s taken us to some fantastic places.
“He’s 12 years old, and he’s still running like he’s four. He’s coming up against some cracking horses today – that was a really tough race.
“We won it last year. But to come back and win it twice, against good opposition and 12 years old, he is amazing.
“He just loves racing. A horse will fall out of love with racing at one point in his life – (but) he just seems to love it, and thrives on it.”
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