Richard Hughes helped Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Tommy’s Secret prove to be a little money very well spent in the Goodwood Maiden Auction Stakes.
The 5-2 favourite, who was fifth on his racecourse debut at Chester, looked a little out of sorts on the tricky Sussex track in the early stages but leading course rider Hughes soon got him settled.
“He’s a tough individual and has just progressed since the first run,” said Chapple-Hyam. “I bought him for £1,000 at Ascot Sales as the breeders had informed me about the horse and I had someone look at him. He’s done the job in a good time. We’ll take him home, turn him out and have a little breather. He’s going to be a fun horse.”
Peter Makin, who trains Whistling Buddy, clearly has his Marlborough stable in fine fettle as Blanc de Chine produced a fair performance to land the TurfTV For Betting Shops Bonus Handicap.
Second no less than five times as a two-year-old, the grey was finally off the mark at the eighth attempt last December but appears to have improved for a trainer very skilled with sprinters.
Jimmy Fortune pointed the 5-2 favourite straight and true down the middle of the course and she cleared a length and a quarter away from Le King Beau.