De Sousa’s a gem as festival closes

Brilliant title-chasing Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa took the feature race when completing a double on the final day of the three-day Great Yarmouth festival of racing yesterday.

The jockey, still chasing reigning champion Paul Hannigan in this year's title race, got Bowdler's Magic home in the Boodles Diamond Handicap, worth almost �10,000 to the winner, by three-quarters of a length from A Boy Named Suzi and the grey, Woolfall Treasure.

It also marked a double for Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston.

Bowdler's Magic, returned at 6-1, was a close third at Chester last week, but this time struck the front in the final furlong under a well-judged ride by de Sousa.

In the previous race, de Sousa scored on Johnston's Always and Toujours at 4-1 to give punters some respite, when just holding off Kieren Fallon on Verse of Love by a short head.

The young jockey's bid to notch a treble failed in the next race when his Double Handful looked to have every chance in the two-miler with two furlongs to go only for 2-1 shot Astromagick, trained by regular visitor to the course Mark Tompkins, and ridden by William Buick, to ease through on the rail and win with plenty to spare.

The bookies were laughing earlier in the afternoon when outsiders dominated.

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The second race provided the biggest priced winner of the three-day festival when trainer David Lanigan's newcomer Main Sequence, ridden by George Baker, got up to beat Almuftarris by just over a length over the straight mile to win at 50-1.

And the bookies were cheering again half an hour later when 20-1 shot Coach Montana streaked home under Iva Milickova. The Jane Chapple-Hyam trained gelding came through to score a first and poignant win at Great Yarmouth for Milickova, who at the same meeting last year suffered a serious injury in a starting stalls accident and was unable to ride for eight months.

Popular jockey Ted Durcan had opened the day with victory on Jeremy Noseda's Biba Diva at 5-2. Having finished well beaten on her debut over seven furlongs, the six furlongs did the trick this time with Durcan getting the filly up on the stands rail to win by a length.

The final race of the meeting was another for the bookies with Too Many Questions winning at 18-1 for trainer David Evans and former champion Fallon.

The next meeting at Great Yarmouth is on Monday, October 10.