Seventh heaven for Producer

Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

Honeyball hat-trick lights up Fontwell

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Producer has fired a timely reminder of his talents ahead of Glorious Goodwood.

The four-year-old colt was the dogged winner of the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Sent off the 11/4 joint-favourite, he revelled in his return to seven furlongs as he ran on under jockey Richard Hughes to defeat Red Jazz by three quarters of a length.

Producer failed to get home in the nine-furlong Group 3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom in May.

The Richard Hannon-trained son of Dutch Art had kicked off his season with victory over Aljamaaheer in the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester.

He was given an entry in the Sussex Stakes – the richest race at the five-day Glorious Goodwood festival.

But that Group 1 battle on the Downs takes place over a mile.

And it remains to be seen whether Hannon would risk stepping him up in trip again.

There may be other races at the festival which catch the Wiltshire handler’s eye now his charge is back on track.

Winning jockey Hughes said: ‘He didn’t get a mile at Epsom last time and this stiff seven was more his bag.

‘He’s versatile in that he can make the running or drop in.’

Producer’s stable-mate, Heading North, had to settle for third spot behind Alta Lilea in the bet365 Fillies’ Handicap on the same card.

The three-year-old Teofilo filly, who finished second to Elik in the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood earlier this season, was a 4/1 hope.

But while she plugged on gamely, she could not reel in the winner and runner-up Pompeia.

However, Hannon and Hughes were not too downbeat – having enjoyed a long trip to Doncaster on Friday.

They teamed up with 1/3-favourite Malachim Mist to win the Simpson Miller Legal Services Novice Stakes.

The two-year-old Dark Angel colt won a six-furlong maiden at Goodwood in May before finishing a disappointing second at Pontefract next time out.

But the grey was back in the winners’ enclosure at the Yorkshire track as he relished the step up to seven furlongs.

It was not all plain sailing, though.

He showed signs of inexperience as he edged left in the final furlong but ultimately had enough in hand to defeat Lady Frances by a length.

‘He made us all sweat,’ said owner Michael Daniels.

‘Richard said he was coltish in the race but he has come through in the end.

‘We will have to think where to go next but it will probably be for a nursery.’