Feliciana De Vega storms home in the Darley Stakes at Newmarket

Feliciana De Vega stormed to an emphatic victory in the Group Three Darley Stakes, to crown a remarkable day for trainer Ralph Beckett and jockey Harry Bentley, at Newmarket.

Eleven took part in this nine-furlong contest.

Dolphin Vista and Matterhorn cut out much of the running, but with two furlongs to race, Bentley moved Feliciana De Vega into the lead.

She veered across to the stands rail but powered clear as Prince Eiji threatened to get involved.

But nothing was able to challenge Feliciana De Vega who romped to a three-length win from Indeed, with Prince Eiji taking third, ahead of Matterhorn.

It completed four-timers for the trainer and jockey.

He said: “What a day. I had five or six three years ago but they were spread out all over the place, so I think this is my first four-timer on a card. It’s a great day and I’m thrilled.

“My head lad, Adam Kite, said to me this morning ‘we’ll have a good day today’ and was convinced about it, but I couldn’t see Lucander beating the William Haggas horse at York – although I did fancy this filly, so I’m really pleased it came together.

Beckett commented on the winner: “She’s a filly that struggled in the spring, she had various issues and we weren’t getting it right.

“We went to France last week and poor Alexi Badel had nowhere to go for almost the entirety of the straight at Saint-Cloud and just couldn’t get in. She finished that race full of running so I was keen to come here as a result. It was a good job she didn’t win last week or she wouldn’t have come here.

“The owner has had to be quite patient, it hasn’t worked out as well as we would have liked through the year but she is a good filly, we knew that, and she showed it today.

“I think it’s likely she will stay in training because she is lightly raced. Her dam got better with age so I’m hoping she will too.”