Perfect Part causes shock 125-1 wicket in Hilary Needler Trophy

James Doyle

English jockey James Doyle wins the Dubai Duty-Free race with Cityscape during the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan race track in the Gulf emirate on March 31, 2012. 

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Debutante, Perfect Part, (Cam Hardie 25-1), provided local owner, Keith Brown, a delightful gift, as he had been trying to win the 1,000 Hilary Needler Trophy, for 50 years. Perfect Part, who only cost $12,000, set aside seven seasoned youngsters, as a proponent for Royal Ascot.

Maw Lamb (Paddy Mathers 7-2), was the victim by half-a-length, because, he had endured a nightmare run after missing the break and getting stuck behind. Conditioned by Brian Ellison, Perfect Part's biggest attribute, apart from speed, is her willingness to shoot from the stalls like a rocket.


Shareholder (James Doyle 6-4), who cost €460,000, by comparison, is 4-1 for the Norfolk Stakes, after making a winning debut for Karl Burke - he has leading contenders for virtually all sophomore races at Royal Ascot.

Heading off Moving Force, in the Bet365 Trophy at Beverley, Shareholder is definitely one for the notebooks.


Betfred Nifty 50 Lester Piggott Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) (Formerly Known As The Pinnacle Stakes), 1.4 miles, showed Queen of Pride (Oisin Murphy 9-2), shuffle past Lady Boba (Rossa Ryan 6-1), Mistral Star (Clifford Lee 12-1), and, Sea Theme (Tom Marquand 4-1). We had reported that Sea Theme, 2023 winner, had a brave chance, but ran out of steam pulling too much. This can be said of all thirteen runners. They were keen to impress Sir Lester in his heavenly armchair.


The Belmont Stakes Day card, spotlighted Dornoch’s success in the 156th Belmont Stakes running. A sellout crowd of 50,000, witnessed history as the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was held at Saratoga Race Course for the first time to allow for uninterrupted construction of a new Belmont Park. It was 2,060m, instead of 2,400m.

Lovely seeing ten loading - all smoothly and professionally. Dornoch, Seize the Grey, Mind Frame, and, Resilience, began proceedings up front. Sierra Leone (Flavien Prat 9-5), got bounced around after the gate but ran a blinding finish. Dornoch (Luis Saez 17-1), trained by Danny Gargan, managed to hold on from a cannon-shooting Mind Frame (Irad Ortiz Junior 4-1), Sierra Leone, and, Honor Marie.