Stable mates stick to Bin Suroor script

Saeed bin Suroor has his team in cracking form and enjoyed a near 31-1 double with Scriptwriter and Army Of Angels at York yesterday.

Saeed bin Suroor has his team in cracking form and enjoyed a near 31-1 double with Scriptwriter and Army Of Angels at York yesterday.

Scriptwriter had to shrug off a 452-day absence to land the Garbutt & Elliott Stakes in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy, while Army Of Angels, who took the TSG Stakes, had the assistance of Frankie Dettori who went on to double up himself on Kafuu.

It was a fine piece of training by bin Suroor to produce Scriptwriter fit and ready after his long lay-off and he certainly had to be at the top of his game to get the better of Topatoo after a dour struggle through the final two furlongs.

The 8-1 shot had got his head in front a furlong earlier and though he hung left and then back right in the testing ground, McEvoy kept him going well enough to beat Topatoo by one and a half lengths.

Bin Suroor also saddled Priors Hill to finish sixth under Dettori in the 10-furlong contest. The trainer's assistant William Balding said: "Kerrin said Scriptwriter didn't mind the soft ground, he thought they may have hit the front a bit too soon though. Frankie said Priors Hill did not like it."

Army Of Angels (5-2 joint-favourite) had to defy a 6lb penalty and give weight all round to take his one-mile heat. He proved equal to the challenge, though, and having travelled well for Dettori, he headed Wavertree Warrior about a furlong from home before going on to score by one and a half lengths.

Dettori duly notched his own 11.25-1 brace as the Jeremy Noseda-trained Kafuu made a useful debut in the Sawfish Software EBF Maiden Stakes. The Danehill Dancer colt, sent off 5-2 favourite, certainly knew his job and travelled sweetly to power home by a convincing two and a half lengths.

Dettori said: "He is a good-looking colt. The ground is desperate out there and you can't really let a horse down on it, but he gave me a good feel so we will have to see how he goes on."

Algol (10-1) has been consistent throughout the season and gained his third success from his last four outings in game fashion under Tom Eaves in the Acorn Web Offset Stakes. The gelding, trained in County Durham by Howard Johnson, made virtually all the running and dug very deep under a strong drive from Eaves to hold the sustained challenge of Masai Moon by three-quarters of a length.

Richard Price was confident of a good show from Kay Two (9-1) in the Parsonage Country House Hotel Stakes and it was justified as the four-year-old rallied well for Tom Queally to get the better of Danjet by a neck.

Leslingtaylor (12-1) came home in front in the Betfair Apprentice Training Series Finale Stakes under a good ride from Slade O'Hara.

Malton trainer Richard Fahey notched a personal landmark when the £1,734 Flying Clarets picked up for second took him over £1m in prize money this season.


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