Racing: Krispy Knight has bite in the mud

KRISPY KNIGHT, who is entered for The Derby, was just one of a number of wide-margin winners during the afternoon when landing the Easter Stakes over a mile in desperately heavy ground at Kempton yesterday. The John Hills-trained colt stormed home 13 lengths clear of Gurkha, a 2,000 Guineas entry, with Chester House, the 11-10 favourite and another who is in the Guineas, last of four.

Krispy Knight will now go for the Premio Parioli (the Italian 2,000 Guineas). Hills said: "He's not in the English Guineas, but it's often soft in Rome at this time of year. We wanted a trial to see how he handled the ground. Last year I didn't know who was best between him and Docksider. Docksider kept improving but this horse stopped, though he's been working well lately."

Earlier Tadwiga (who is not entered in the 1,000 Guineas) ended the Newmarket Classic aspirations of her stablemate Another Fantasy, Dazilyn Lady and Forum (who are) with a 13-length victory in the Listed Masaka Stakes, also over a mile.

Tadwiga could now go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Richard Hannon, her trainer, said: "If someone had asked me which was best I would have said Another Fantasy, because she has been working the better. But this filly is full of guts. At just over 14 hands she's only a pony, but she's obviously a very good pony. I stopped the owner from coming because I thought she'd need it. But now we'll have to think about the Irish Guineas as long as the ground is right."

George Michael fans were out of luck in the Stanmore Stakes, in which Last Christmas, another Derby entry, could only finish six lengths second to Scorned. Ian Balding, who trains the winner, said: "He's in Group races in Germany because that's where he was bred."

Kieren Fallon steered Dim Ots to a runaway win in the Ruislip Handicap. Drawn towards the far rail, Fallon switched the filly to the favoured stands' rail but, in the event, he could probably have taken her across for a look at the steeplechase course and still come back and won. Dim Ots stormed home by 14 lengths, a remarkable margin in a 19-runner, six- furlong, handicap, even one conducted on heavy ground.

Tomorrow's Bank Holiday meetings at Huntingdon, Nottingham, Towcester, and Warwick are off, while Chepstow (9.15), Hereford (8.00) and Market Rasen (8.30) hold inspections this morning.

Looking ahead to Thursday, the presence of the Andre Fabre-trained Xaar, the 2,000 Guineas favourite, has failed to frighten off rivals in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket. Yesterday's 14 entries include Daggers Drawn, Haami, Gulland, Duck Row and Teapot Row.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: .NET Developer / Web Developer

£35-45K (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a .NET Developer / Web ...

Recruitment Genius: .NET Web / Software Developer - ASP.NET

£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Small and agile digital marketi...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Accountant

£12000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A national firm of chartered ce...

Recruitment Genius: Full Time and Part Time Digital Designer - North Kent

£20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful web design/deve...

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders