Zeyaadah exhausted Technique late to clinch the Group 3 William Hill Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes in Newcastle on Friday night.
Roger Varian’s filly was well beaten at Epsom in the Cazoo Oaks when the day’s precipitation went against her, but she enjoyed her Newcastle debut thanks in part to a great ride from Jim Crowley.
Restrained in the first exchanges, Crowley allowed Tamayuz’s daughter to fit easily into the contest before asking her to come back in the last quarter mile.
She had plenty to do when Technique hit the front, but showed impressive shifting to gain the upper hand and outsmart Martyn Meade’s challenger with a header.
Oriental Mystique was the best of the others in third.
Crowley said: “The rain has fallen in Epsom and she is obviously a top filly.
“I had to sit down, I didn’t want to go three wide all the way and she had a nice target to aim for. She probably kept her sleeve a bit too.
“It’s a good confidence booster and I hope she takes another step forward.”
Outstanding Caspian for the Cup – again
The brilliant Prince of the Caspian won the William Hill Gosforth Park Cup for the second year in a row at the age of 12 earlier on the card.
Dylan Thomas’ son won at Beverley 10 days ago and continued his superb form with fantastic success under Theodore Ladd as he held by a neck of May Sonic.
It was the 23rd success for the veteran sprinter of an amazing career and he seems to enjoy Newcastle as much as Epsom – where he won three ‘Dash’ handicaps on Derby day.
Ladd said: “He’s the biggest winner of my career so far.
“Last year he was actually second – which is different from Caspian Prince. But this Ornate (third 12 months ago) has such a precocious toe, so if you go head-to-head you burn out.
“Mick told me ‘if this Ornate wants to continue, don’t fight him – and he’ll come back strong at the end.”
“I am absolutely over the moon.
Stephen Louch, co-owner of Caspian Prince with coach Rutland Appleby, added: “Words can’t really describe him – he’s taken us to some fantastic places.
“He’s 12 and still runs like he’s four. He’s up against some cute horses today – it was a really tough race.
“We won it last year. But to come back and win it twice, against good opposition and at 12, he’s amazing.
“He loves racing. A horse won’t be in love with racing at some point in his life – (but) he just seems to love it and thrive on it.”