Coquet boost Hughie’s Classic bid

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison

Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

Village people are happy again at Fontwell

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Hugie Morrison has a strong hand as he bids for a first Classic triumph in the Oaks next weekend.

Shirocco Star had already booked her ticket to Epsom when stable-mate Coquet landed the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood yesterday.

The feature race on day one of the track’s May festival went right to the wire, though.

Coquet had to hold off Godolphin’s Minidress to win by a neck to justify her 100/30 favouritism under jockey Robert Havlin.

With Coquet cut to 20/1 for the Oaks, Morrison is now hopeful of taking home a share of the huge prize fund at Epsom.

‘I’m very pleased,’ said the East Ilsley trainer.

‘She might not have the most ability but she’s certainly the toughest. She was headed but the dream is still alive.

‘She won’t have to do much between now and then as that will bring her on an awful lot.’

James Fanshawe’s Primaeval is the new 8/1 favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup after he won the Wright Joinery Company Handicap.

Hayley Turner partnered the 5/2 favourite to success.

Meanwhile, Richard Hannon is also eyeing Royal Ascot after his even-money favourite Sky Lantern made a winning debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes on the Downs.

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jnr said: ‘She rates up there with our best juveniles.

‘She knows her job and we like her a lot. She’ll go straight to the Albany from here.

‘She’s done enough there, it’s a lovely track to bring them to first time.

‘She’ll have enjoyed it. She’s got something to think about now and, with normal improvement guaranteed, she should take a lot of beating at Ascot.’

William Jarvis’ Beaufort Twelve defied top weight in the Hazel Wigley Memorial Handicap at 15/2.

The giant Al Khawaneej won the first division of the Hippo Waste Handicap for David Simcock at 6/1.

Meanwhile, Mark Tompkins’ Astromagick took the second division as the 7/2 favourite.

Amazing Win justified 9/2-favouritsm in the final race – the Saunders Construction Apprentice Stakes.

Goodwood’s three-day May festival concludes with a seven-race card tomorrow (from 2.15pm).

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