The stable had a stellar day at Ascot on Saturday!

WATERMANS BAY, under the steadier of 59.5 kilos, ran a super race in the Handicap overĀ  1200 metres, only being collared by the lightly-weighted Classic Emblem near the line.

DU PRINTEMPS was even more unlucky in the Budget Minibus Rental Handicap over 1000 metres, as he was beaten by only a long neck despite suffering interference from the eventual winner Lee Rani. Both WATERMANS BAY and DU PRINTEMPS did owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy proud, and will not doubt win again in town soon.

The highlight of the day was the performance of the lightly-raced 3 year old FULL REIGN in the feature race, the ListedĀ $80,000 Budget Challenge Stakes. This well-bred Blackfriars gelding was having only his third ever start, so not surprisingly he was unfancied in a hot field. Jockey Shaun O’Donnell rode the perfect race, settling FULL REIGN in 5th position just behind the leaders, before making a well-timed run to win by a cosy 3/4 length from the fast-finishing Pop Culture.

Everyone connected with the horse was very excited, as he is an outstanding prospect going forward to the Derby in the autumn. Owners Sophie and Serge Madrigali deserve this success, as they put so much into racing, often with little reward.

Peter, who purchased FULL REIGN at the 2010 Magic Millions yearling sale, has a great record in the Challenge Stakes, as this was his third win in the race, the last being RAISE A CALL in 2006.

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