Darkness powers home at Salisbury

Power Of Darkness came from last to first to claim the Molson Coors Handicap at Salisbury and earn his ticket to Glorious Goodwood.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning has the Betfred Mile in mind for the progressive colt, who was making his handicap debut on just his fourth career start.

Held up at the rear of the field by Hayley Turner for most of the one-mile contest, he was brought to the wide outside to make his challenge.

His inexperience became evident, as once the 3/1 favourite hit the front he drifted across towards the far rail in the final furlong and looked to hand the initiative to Wahash.

However, he got back on an even keel in the closing strides to snatch victory by a nose.

“He’s still quite immature. He’s coming on well and probably learnt more today,” said Tregoning.

“It was the narrowest of margins, but I think he’s progressive still.

“Coming off the pace on quick ground is always difficult. It’s safe ground, but quick.

“He’s in the big mile handicap at Goodwood’s Glorious meeting. We’ll see how we go.

“He’s a top of the ground horse so he’s worth an entry. I probably won’t run run him on slow ground, as he’s still developing.”

Infrastructure (7/2) opened his account in pleasing fashion in the Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup Handicap.

Martyn Meade’s three-year-old appreciated the step up to a mile and a half as he galloped a length and a quarter clear of Mekong under Callum Shepherd.

“We’re very pleased with it. He did it well. His form was working out beforehand and we thought he would improve for the step up to a mile and a half,” said Freddie Meade, assistant to his father.

“We’ll see what the handicapper does, but we’ll keep it to one step at a time and see where we go from here.”

Sean Levey was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury following a fall from Sirinapha in the New Forest Farm Machinery/John Deere Auction Stakes.

Levey, who claimed his first Classic victory on Billesdon Brook in the 1000 Guineas in May, was thrown from the Richard Hanon-trained youngster about three furlongs from home.

The stewards looked into the incident and found it to be accidental. Sirinapha appeared to become unbalanced, ran out of room and jumped through the rail.

“He’s hurt his shoulder and has been taken to Salisbury District Hospital to be X-rayed and checked over,” said clerk of the course Jeremy Martin.

“He was talking, he was obviously in pain, but at the moment it looks like an injury to his shoulder.

“Hopefully, it’s no worse than that.”

Oberyn Martell (10/11 favourite) made all the running to take the prize by two and a quarter lengths for the Queen Anne Stakes-winning combination of trainer Eve Johnson Houghton and jockey Charlie Bishop.

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