Malibu Style wins the opener at Ascot

Neville Parnham rising star Malibu Style has won the opening race at Schweppes-WATC Derby Day at Ascot racecourse today, with an excellent late finish over Madassa.

In what appeared as an evenly balanced race, Malibu Style handled the difficult conditions far better than most, dispatching with the opposition with ease. Steven Parnham was position third last aboard the Magnus gelding and found a considerable room through the middle of the field, to win by 3.25 lengths.

Madassa was solid on-speed today, holding onto second as Red Publisher finished nicely into third. Mamaroochy weakened significantly after never really crossing from barrier five, whilst Fire Born finished back in fourth.

Malibu Style won in 1.00.98, claiming his third career race from eight starts.

Ian Lenton

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