Spirit Of Bermuda romps to victory at Newmarket
Spirit Of Bermuda completed her second successive victory by bolting up to take the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies' Handicap over seven furlongs at Newmarket on Saturday.
The three-year-old filly, owned by Bermuda Racing Ltd, went off at 12-1 odds after a six-pound rise in the weights in the wake of making all at Leicester last month.
But, with Tom Marquand on board, she did not let that hold her back, as she tracked early leader Al Saariyah (16-1) before outlasting the 12-runner field in a determined dash for the line from two furlongs out.
Out of Laqataat by Twilight Son, and trained by William Haggas, Spirit Of Bermuda relished the favourable ground — which was good to firm, good in places — and got into prime position with a smart jump out of stall five.
When it came time to quicken, the filly responded admirably and ultimately won by three quarters of a length from 33-1 shot Rising Star, ridden by apprentice Stefano Cherchi, who had the benefit of a five-pound claim.
In third place was Star Of Emaraaty, under Frankie Dettori, who also went off at 12-1, but started in the rear before making her way through the field — finishing never nearer.
The 11-4 favourite, Samoot, ridden by William Buick out of the Sir Michael Stoute stable, was a disappointing and one-paced fifth.