Clive claims Yarmouth's top race

PUBLISHED: 10:36 18 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 03 July 2010

Clive Brittain's Nashmiah won her fourth Listed contest of the year by taking Yarmouth's feature race of the season, the EBF John Musker Fillies' Stakes.

Clive Brittain's Nashmiah won her fourth Listed contest of the year by taking Yarmouth's feature race of the season, the EBF John Musker Fillies' Stakes.

The teak-tough three-year-old has been on the go since winning the Spring Cup at Lingfield in March, but despite autumn approaching fast she has maintained her form admirably.

Her only disappointing displays have come when she was arguably out of her depth in the 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes.

Back at her level though, and following up a victory in the Alice Keppel Stakes at Goodwood, Neil Callan came with a sustained challenge down the outside to join Splashdown and Flame Of Gibraltar a furlong out.

As those two weakened it was John Dunlop's Mooakada who came with a rattle, but she was still three-quarters of a length down on the 9-2 chance at the line.

“Things haven't worked out for her in Group One races but she'll be knocking on the door when it does,” said Brittain. “That's four Listed wins. When she ran in the Nassau the ground went heavy and when she came back she was very down, she's usually very buzzy, so I think she may have had an off-day. She's in a Group Three in Italy, if we don't win one I think we'll get a place in a Group One before the year is out.”

Michael Jarvis usually saves his best juveniles for this time of year and unleashed a really nice type in the shape of Business As Usual in the EBF Maiden Stakes. The son of Invincible Spirit had obviously been showing up well at home as he was sent off the 9-4 favourite to oblige despite the presence of Sir Michael Stoute, Henry Cecil and Godolphin newcomers.

It was Cecil's Govern who gave the winner most to do but once Philip Robinson got serious there was never much doubt and he powered away to win by two and a quarter lengths. “He's a fine, big horse and he's done a bit of work at home so we were hoping he could put up a big performance and it's pleasing that's he's won,” said Roger Varian, Jarvis' assistant.

“I thought he was pretty green today, he raced in front with his ears pricked and I think it was only in the last furlong and a half he raced properly. “I should think this year seven furlongs will be fine but next year he'll be a miler.”

Jeff Pearce's Agilette sprung a 20-1 surprise in the Vauxhall Holiday Park Handicap, ridden by his son, Simon.

Kieren Fallon came fast and late on Luca Cumani's Cygnet but he went down narrowly by a head. “He likes good, fast ground and he's not the easiest ride in the world,” said Pearce. “I'm afraid I'm the trainer in name only as my wife rides him every day.”

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