First-season sire Excellent Art continued his brilliant run on Saturday when he completed a double with a pair of classy juveniles.
The Barry Hills-trained Gray Pearl (2f Excellent Art-Divine Grace, by Definite Article) was an impressive debut maiden winner at Newbury. Carrying the colours of Raymond Mould, the filly was sent off 2/1 favourite and did not disappoint her backers when scoring by two lengths to give Hills his final victory at Newbury before retiring.
Gray Pearl, who was bred by the Pocock family, looks destined for bigger things after this victory.
“She’s a very straightforward filly and was having a good blow after the race. She will improve from this,” said Hills’ son Charlie, who will shortly take over the training licence.
Meanwhile, a competitive seven-furlong novices’ event at Lingfield on Saturday evening was won by the David Simcock-trained Emirates Art (2f Excellent Art-Going To Work, by Night Shift), who had won a Yarmouth maiden on her previous outing.
“It was pleasing that Emirates Art won at Yarmouth as Jamie Spencer said she hated the ground that day. She did that well tonight and she will stay further,” Simcock told www.racingpost.com of the filly, who was bred by Matthew Green and David Elsworth.
Excellent Art had another good maiden winner earlier in the week when the Bryan Smart-trained Lady Layla (2f Excellent Art-Tartouche, by Pursuit Of Love) scored in good style at Ayr.