Franny Norton delivered Montataire to a fourth career victory
PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
By Alex Wiltshire 7:06PM 19 AUG 2016
Report: Salisbury, Friday
EBF Stallions Stonehenge Stakes (Listed), 1m, 2yo only
FRANNY NORTON gave a masterclass from the front on board Montataire to deliver the colt to a fourth victory in his last five starts, as Frankel’s son Cunco faded into fourth.
After winning his maiden at the third attempt, the Mark Johnston-trained son of Cape Cross has been working his way impressively up the handicap and finished second behind Bear Valley in a nursery at Goodwood.
However, with the aid of a superb ride from Norton, Montataire stepped up to a mile to continue his rapid progress with a victory in this Listed race at Salisbury at odds of 7-1.
Montataire holds Group 2 entries for the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in September.
It was a disappointing effort from Cunco, who in a first time hood finished fourth on his fourth start.
After making a promising start to his career when he became the first of the Frankel offspring to get off the mark at Newbury in May, Cunco finished a promising third behind Churchill at Royal Ascot, however he has failed to build on those initial efforts
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