Ben­gali Boys pow­ers through the mud to see off Dec­la­ra­tionoflove

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Richard Fa­hey is no stranger to big prizes but the jockey’s 10 per cent of the £120,000 first prize in the Weather­bys Su­per Sprint was grate­fully re­ceived by Barry McHugh af­ter Ben­gali Boys ran away with the five-fur­long run in the mud at New­bury yes­ter­day.

De­spite reg­u­lar suc­cesses at the top level these days, Fa­hey’s bread and but­ter pur­chases are still un­der £40,000 and this race, where two-year-olds are al­lot­ted a weight ac­cord­ing to their auc­tion price as a year­ling, is al­ways at the back of his mind when buy­ing.

“‘Cheap speed’ we call it,” he said af­ter Ben­gali Boys, which cost €11,000 (£9870), had come home six lengths clear of Dec­la­ra­tionoflove, by some mar­gin the big­gest “win­ner” in first sea­son trainer Tom Clover’s short ca­reer bag­ging the £52,000 run­ner-up prize. “We do try to win this race and this is the third time we’ve won it in five years.

“The day we bought him I said he’d win this race,” he said dead­pan, be­fore adding, “but I also said it about four oth­ers. He had solid form but the ground has brought about a huge im­prove­ment in him. Our filly in third, Mag­gies An­gel, hated it and it was only her class that got her home.”

The trainer added: “Barry said on the way down he’d take the win­ter off if he won. But I’ve bad news for him – he’s not. He was ap­pren­tice to me orig­i­nally and he’s stayed a big part of the team.”

The Su­per Sprint was not McHugh’s only job yes­ter­day. Fa­hey had in­sisted he drive the car from Mal­ton to New­bury. “And then he was giv­ing out to me the whole way,” re­called the de­lighted McHugh who, in com­mon with all jock­eys yes­ter­day, was wear­ing a black arm­band as a mark of re­spect to Stephen Yar­bor­ough, the stalls han­dler killed in an ac­ci­dent at Hay­dock on Fri­day. “He’d go and do it again,” said McHugh of the colt. “What a star he is to travel like that in that ground and win like he did.”

Af­ter giv­ing his shoul­der in­jury an ex­tra six days’ re­cov­ery, it did not take Frankie Det­tori long to get back into the win­ner’s en­clo­sure af­ter Mag­i­cal Mem­ory, Char­lie Hills’ grey sprinter, ran out a com­fort­able length and a quar­ter win­ner of the bet365 Hack­wood Stakes.

The geld­ing, owned by Ken­net Val­ley Thor­ough­breds, lost his way in the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee fin­ish­ing al­most last but his con­fi­dence has re­turned and, hav­ing won his last two, he will now head to France for the Group One Mau­rice de Gheest. Proof that it was prop­erly wet and sloppy came in the bet365 Steven­ton Stakes when Eve John­son Houghton’s grand six-year-old What About Carlo carted jockey Char­lie Bishop to the front two and a half fur­longs out be­fore go­ing on to beat Arthenus two and three quar­ter lengths. Blew­bury trainer John­son Houghton has been go­ing from strength to strength in the last few sea­sons and every year she has had the sixyear-old, whom Anthony Pye-Jeary orig­i­nally owned with the late ac­tor Mel Smith, has paid his way.

“He loves to get his wellies on and he loves New­bury – it was right up his street,” said the trainer whose 28th win­ner of the cam­paign it was.

Sprint spe­cial­ist: Trainer Richard Fa­hey

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