Bear Force One full of confidence after winning Class 2 Handicap Stakes at Newbury for Lambourn trainer Roger Teal
Harry Teal believes Bear Force One has regained some of his confidence after landing the Class 2 BetVictor Handicap Stakes at Newbury.
The five-year-old found space through the middle of the field to finish ahead of the Owen Burrows-trained Itkaann.
It was a Lambourn 1-2 in the featured race of the evening, with Roger Teal training the 16/1 winner.
Harry, son of Roger, explained how crucial the victory was for the Windsor House stable.
"He has beaten a couple of nice horses in that field," said Teal. "Troll Peninsula looked quite nice when winning at Kempton a few runs back.
"He has done it well," admitted Teal about Bear Force One’s run. "He has sort of lost his way a little bit at the back end of last season and we have been trying to get his confidence back.
"It seems to have worked, his first couple of runs for us this season has got that confidence up so he can try and pass horses again.
"Ryan [Moore] gave him a peach of a ride from the front, an easy lead, and it suited us down to the ground."
When asked what the plan was next, Teal said that sticking at 1m might be the best option.
"He is a big horse, he’s a lovely horse, and he has proven to us that these flat tracks are quite nice.
"He may stay further again, but at the minute he is doing it nicely so we’ll stay as we are," added Teal.
However, the race of the day came in the Class 5 Handicap Stakes as it produced a stunning finale when Charlie Hills’ Saratoga Gold came out of nowhere to win.
With two furlongs out, the three-year-old was rooted to the back of the field, but a late burst saw him bolt up on the outside to cross the post first.
In the opening race, Sense Of Duty made lightwork of the rest of the field to land the BetVictor Maiden Fillies Stakes.
Under Lambourn jockey Tom Marquand, the two-year-old went one better than her second place at Newmarket earlier this month.
It was an impressive run from her as she holds entries for two group races in September, in the form of the G2 Rockfel Stakes and the G1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, both at Newmarket.
Elsewhere, Croupier won a Class 5 Handicap Stakes for Simon & Ed Crisford, while Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon continued his strong record at Newbury as Eloquent Arthur won the Class 4 BetVictor Handicap Stakes.
The three-year-old held off the threat from the Ed Walker-trained Beloved to bounce back after a below-par run at Haydock on August 7.
In the final race of the evening, Marquand picked up his second winner with the Haggas-trained Just Jacob.