It looks to be only a matter of time before Society Power has his sights raised to Pattern-race level following the completion of a five-timer with a last-gasp victory in the Netbet Sport Handicap at Goodwood.
With more rivals ahead of him than behind him at the half-way point of the seven-furlong prize, the William Haggas-trained son of Society Rock managed to weave a path through his rivals under Andrea Atzeni, before getting up on the line to deny Emaraaty by a short head.
Assistant trainer Harry Eustace said of the 5-2 winner: “He kept us waiting with a photo, but he is a joy to train.
“He is a handicapper’s worst nightmare, as he never wins by very far. He is very tough and he keeps finding when we step him up in class.
“There are two options at Royal Ascot for him. There is the Jersey or we step him up to a mile for the Britannia. A fast-run seven furlongs there was just about ideal by a nostril.”
He added: “He is a horse that always had ability last year. He was from the breeze-ups, so we were a bit quiet last year as we just wanted to mind him as much as anything.”
Chris Wall saw his well-devised plan come to fruition after First Sitting registered back-to-back victories in the Netbet Mobile Bet10Get10 Festival Stakes.
After winning the 10-furlong Listed race 12 months ago when a relatively unfancied 16-1 chance, the son of Dansili repeated the trick under last year’s winning rider, Gerald Mosse, holding the late rally of Autocratic by half a length.
The Newmarket handler said of his 6-1 scorer: “He has won it a little easier this time, as we nearly got hunted down by Spark Plug last year.
“I was a bit concerned round the bend when he got in on the fence as that can be a problem here, but it opened up nicely two out and he has got that turn of foot which gets him out of trouble. It was worth four hours in the car to watch it.
“It was always the plan to come here and he did the same thing last year, ran in the Gordon Richards and then came here.
“He went to the La Coupe, which was at Chantilly last year, but is back at ParisLongchamp, and this year it’s two weeks and a day away and that might come too quick.
“He went to Deauville and won the Gontuat-Biron and I would think that will be on his agenda again.”