Updated: 20/04/2012 11:08 | By pa.press.net

Tassel on top at HQ

Tassel, ridden by Ryan Moore, on her way to a debut victory at Newmarket

Tassel, ridden by Ryan Moore, on her way to a debut victory at Newmarket

The volume of market support for Tassel proved correct as Richard Hannon's juvenile made a winning debut in the NGK Spark Plugs/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

Now surely another Royal Ascot candidate for both trainer and owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the daughter of Kyllachy belongs to, among others, Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis.

The 6-5 favourite was shaken up by the more experienced All Fur Coat, but ended up finishing a length and a quarter clear.

Highclere managing director, Harry Herbert, said: "Ryan Moore was very pleased with her and she might be more an Albany Stakes filly than Queen Mary, if she keeps going the right way."

Mahmood Al Zarooni picked up the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes for the second year in a row through Mariner's Cross.

Godolphin's new trainer landed this mile maiden for unraced three-year-olds 12 months ago with Midsummer Fair, and Mariner's Cross (6-1) could easily be spotted as among the nicer-looking types in a field packed full of well-bred colts and fillies.

Always to the fore under Frankie Dettori, he pulled a length and three-quarters clear of the 7-2 favourite Mukhadram.

Al Zarooni said: "We always thought he was a good horse and he's proved it. You can't say he is classy yet because he has only won a maiden. The plan is to maybe go for a mile and a quarter race, probably a conditions or Listed race."

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