Racing: Fanshawe comes in from cold with Icicle

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THE TRAINER James Fanshawe fired a warning that his Newmarket stable is running into form as he scored with his first two-year-old runner of the season at Folkestone yesterday.

His newcomer, Icicle, got up by a nostril to foil a gamble on Chem's Truce in the Family Fun Day Maiden Stakes. A furlong out Chem's Truce, backed from 20-1 into 11-1, swept ahead on the far side. But Ray Cochrane conjured a late surge out of Icicle and the pair were locked together on the line. After the judge called for a print, Icicle, friendless in the market at 14-1, was announced the short-head winner.

Fanshawe said: "She's very laid back at home which is why she was such a big price, although she looked really well. She's a niece to Sacrament and we'll just have to see where we go from here."

Speedfit Free is set to go for the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot after at last justifying his hefty price tag at Yarmouth. Down the field on his previous two outings, the 82,000 guineas purchase made a mockery of his odds of 20-1 in the Wiltshires Legal Services Novice Stakes.

George Margarson, the winning trainer, said: "We were disappointed with him on his debut at Newmarket, then on his last outing at Kempton a horse fell away in front of him. We thought we'd try him over six furlongs to try to get his confidence."