Sir Michael Stoute’s Noon Star lays down Oaks marker at Wetherby

Noon Star emerged as a potential Oaks contender after making an impressive start to her campaign at Wetherby.

Cosy win: Noon Star ridden by Richard Kingscote wins The racingtv.com Fillies' Novice Stakes at Wetherby Racecourse yesterday. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly made a promising start to her career when third at Salisbury in September before opening her account with a clear-cut win at Nottingham the following month.

She was the 4-5 favourite for her reappearance in the racingtv.com Fillies’ Novice Stakes and displayed a willing attitude under Richard Kingscote to pull two and a half lengths clear of Loving Dream, with Franklet a further six lengths away in third.

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Paddy Power cut Noon Star to 12-1 from 20-1 for the Cazoo Oaks on June 4.

Double: Norman Kindu ridden by Daniel Tudhope (right) goes on to win during The wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap at Wetherby Racecourse a second win of the day for Tudhope and trainer David O'Meara. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for the Juddmonte operation, said: “I think it was pleasing the way she did it.

“She jumped well, settled in a good position and the first and second drew clear, which is encouraging for the future.

“We’ll discuss with the (Abdullah) family what they want to do, but there will be options like that (Oaks).”

Paul Nicholls has confirmed connections of Enrilo have decided against an appeal following his demotion in Saturday’s bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Sign of the times: Runners and riders pass the empty stands during The Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Novice Stakes at Wetherby Racecourse yesterday. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

The seven-year-old passed the post in front in the traditional end-of-season feature for the 12-times champion trainer and new champion jockey Harry Skelton.

However, the stewards deemed the 7-2 favourite had interfered with the Christian Williams-trained Kitty’s Light and placed him behind that rival in third.

Kitty’s Light was promoted to the runner-up spot, while Alan King’s Potterman, who passed the post in second, was named the winner.

Immediately after the race, Nicholls said he was considering an appeal, adding: “It’s a bit of a strange result really, but it’s just frustrating because the best horse in the race by miles didn’t win the race.

“He did cause him some interference, but would that horse he interfered with have definitely won the race?

“I don’t know. I thought straight away after watching on my phone that he’d keep it – even though he’s caused interference – and that’s what I said to the owners.”

However, Nicholls posted about the situation on Twitter yesterday, saying: “Just had a long discussion with the owners of Enrilo and we are as it were, going to take it on the chin, move on and not appeal the amended result in the @bet365 Gold Cup @Sandownpark yesterday and look forward to next season with him.”

Connections of Kitty’s Light also appear unlikely to challenge the result, but hope there may be a change to the rules going forward.

Williams remains adamant his charge would have won had he not been impeded on the run-in.

“We’re obviously disappointed, but I’m trying not to be too downbeat,” said the Welsh handler.

“We ran two horses in the race (Kitty’s Light and Cap Du Nord, finished fifth) and both have probably run career-bests and the jockeys were exceptional on the two of them.

“We’d love to have won a Whitbread (bet365 Gold Cup), but we’re at that stage of our career where we’re hoping we’re going the right way and we’ll be able to compete in many more. We’ll try to take the positives out of it and keep marching on.

“I just don’t think it’s right going forward. Three horses went into the stewards’ inquiry and the only horse who couldn’t win was the moral winner of

the race, which doesn’t quite sit right.

“For us it’s not so much about yesterday, it’s about making sure things are right going forward for the good of racing.

“I wouldn’t have thought we’ll be appealing, but you’d like to think the BHA will act without us having to say anything - to make sure it’s fair for the next man.”

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