Humble pie for Perrett as Dobbs delivers Royal triumph

Royal Signaller and Pat Dobbs claim success. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131663-6434)
Royal Signaller and Pat Dobbs claim success. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131663-6434)
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Amanda Perrett held her hands up after Royal Signaller won the Crimbourne Stud Stakes and admitted: Pat Dobbs was right.

The Pulborough trainer asked the jockey to hold her charge up and make a late bid for success in the 12-furlong contest.

But Dobbs had other ideas and suggested the three-year-old son of Dylan Thomas would be better suited by a more prominent ride.

Perrett eventually agreed to let the rider go with his instinct.

Royal Signaller tracked early leader Linguine before joining him two furlongs from home and staying on to score by three quarters of a length at 8/1.

It was a first win for the talent at the fourth time of asking.

He had shown promise on his previous three starts – finishing in the places on each occasion.

But with the addition of cheekpieces and Dobbs’ more aggressive ride, Royal Signaller got off the mark.

Perrett was then forced to eat humble pie as the pair returned to the winners’ enclosure in jubilant mood.

She said: ‘That was down to Pat.

‘I wanted him to hold Royal Signaller up but he wanted to jump out and make the running.

‘He is a late May foal and has taken time to get the hang of things.

‘Paul Mulrennan gave him a good ride last time and said he was still running green so we put the cheekpieces on.’

Royal Signaller took the victory off a mark of 76 – a rating which will be revised this week.

But with three encouraging runs in maidens behind him, Perrett will be confident of claiming more success despite an impending hike up the handicap.

The West Sussex trainer also teamed up with Dobbs for victory in the final race on Goodwood’s Friday night card.

Extrasolar was sent off the 4/1-favourite for the TFN Stakes over six furlongs.

Dobbs left his charge later this time, though.

Having been ridden to challenge a furlong from home, Extrasolar hit the front in the final 100 yards and held on to beat Freddy With A Y by half a length.

The Exceed And Excel gelding has not been out of the first two in his last five starts – claiming two victories along the way.

He started the season rated 73 but, after winning off 79 at Goodwood, he now faces a further rise.