The first victory is the wonderful Wood Ditton for Appleby and Buick

The first victory is the wonderful Wood Ditton for Appleby and Buick

Endless Victory scored the first goal in a Classic trial by winning the 365 EBF ‘Confined’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, the son of Teofilo was well-backed ahead of the 10km event and was awarded the big money favorite in the hands of Godolphin number one William Buick.

A winner on his debut at Wolverhampton this winter, he confirmed that promise by pulling away to run aboard Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Salamanca, with the winning distance just a head away.

The colt – a full brother to Appleby’s Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter – has a chance to enter the Dante, but manager Moulton Paddocks suggested it could be the Lingfield Derby Trial on May 11 that will prove his next port of call as he juggles his lumps. A classic hand.

Appleby said: “They’re all in the same boat, obviously he’s won at Wolverhampton (before) and he’s come here for his first start at the stadium.

“It looked a smart race on paper and it’s probably a good field of horses going forward and for our teammates to do what he did, I’m really pleased.

“I think he’s a horse that will continue as we go along. Everyone’s going to ask is he a Derby horse? Well, he’s still got work to do and we’ll see how much he improves with this run and if we look at one of the trials.

“The Arabian Crown will probably go to Sandown and maybe this horse can go to Lingfield or something like that, races that we like to support if we can.”

Chapple-Hyam may have missed out on two goals with Salamanca’s defeat, but she can take comfort that her Rolica booked her Qipco 1000 Guineas ticket when Hollie Doyle beat her husband Tom Marquand.

9-2 for the Rossdales Maiden Fillies Stakes, the daughter of Lope De Vega was a firm favorite on debut at Nottingham last autumn, but she was the sharpest model in her three-year-old bow, showing good wear. under favorite Vicario and Marquand 9-4.

“We took confidence from his companion Mallavelly who was second yesterday in the mile and thankfully he has done the job,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“I think Mallavelly has shown he wants more, so if Mr Harris (Peter, the owner) is happy I’d like this guy to take over – he’s a Guineas legend.

“He was third in Nottingham on a very heavy track, but he has played well over the winter and has done everything right and I am delighted to have this Lope De Vega.”

Although he was unsuccessful in Vicario, Marquand got a goal with Woodhay Wonder as Tom Ward’s star raced to a third straight victory in the opening bet365 Handicap.

A real money player by connections last term, he proved he can still be forced to reckon with three hours as he led from start to finish in the sixth event.

“He’s been great and a lot of fun and they’ve done a great job with him getting him ready to hit his first start of the year,” said Marquand.

“He paid well last year and after a year like that there is always a question of whether they will train and do the same, but he has started on the right track and hopefully he will continue to improve.”

The final Consign With The National Stud Handicap went the way of Karl Burke’s Poet Master (favourite 100-30) who was recording his fourth win in five starts at 100 points.

Now he may have a bigger job and his handler said: “He’s got a lot of potential and I think he’s a Group horse in the making. We thought he’d be very competitive in the 100.

“I would say he will go to the listed race at Haydock (Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes) in a few weeks time. That would be a good track for him, a front runners track and he is a horse to just let him do his own thing. A good, classy track like Haydock will suit him.”