Impressive Newcomer Continues Fine Run For Starspangledbanner
Defence Of Fort (2c Starspangledbanner - Signs And Signals, by Kodiac) emerged as an exciting prospect when drawing clear to win Saturday’s seven furlong novice stakes at Ascot.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained newcomer was positioned in midfield by Jason Watson and was switched left to challenge approaching two furlongs out. Pushed along to lead a furlong later, he was ridden clear inside the final furlong and despite showing signs of inexperience, won by four lengths and three quarters.
“Defense Of Fort is a nice sort,” Jason Watson said after the race. “He's a big horse and might have been immature for today, but went down nicely and is a nice horse going forward.”
Owned by Miss SE Wall, Defense Of Fort becomes the first winner bred by Awbeg Stud out of the mare Signs And Signals.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge was returning from a break, having been placed previously, and was ridden to make all by Hugh Horgan. Ridden when challenged approaching the two furlong pole, he kept on well to score by a length and three quarters.
Speaking after the race, assistant trainer Brendan Powell said, “That was Hypernova’s first run on the grass and he's actually matured a lot too. They were coming to him but they were never going to get by him. Hopefully he can improve from it.”