Fox has Yarmouth day to remember
Paddy DavittClaimer Keiren Fox had a day to remember yesterday at Yarmouth.The apprentice enjoyed a narrow escape when Masteeat reared violently in the stalls ahead of the opener won by big priced 50-1 outsider Dashing Beauty.Paddy Davitt
Claimer Keiren Fox had a day to remember yesterday at Yarmouth.
The apprentice enjoyed a narrow escape when Masteeat reared violently in the stalls ahead of the opener won by big priced 50-1 outsider Dashing Beauty.
Fox then had to cling on when his saddle slipped aboard Tupelo (2/1) before recovering to guide Paul d'Arcy's filly to victory in the Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre Selling Stakes. The top weight and Artic Rose (7/2) re-opposed after a seaside joust over a furlong less last week but Fox's allowance offset that handicap penalty.
'My saddle went about two and half out and I just kept trying to get it back,' said Fox. 'Everytime I did try and get after her it went again but I just decided to take my chance and ride it out. She sort of went to the rails and that helped me but I felt wherever we went on the track she would have been a winner in this race.
'She is a nice, genuine filly and she got me out of a bit of trouble to be honest. I've not had the best of days today but I've had a winner now, even though my saddle slipped. Although she was up against Artic Rose in another seller the trainer knew what he was doing and we felt she would be there or thereabouts. The trainer is not silly so he must have had his reasons for going that extra furlong this time around and he thought it would stay.'
Fox's temperamental three-year-old Masteeat had earlier sprung the stalls to trigger a lengthy delay to the Flegg Investment Club Maiden Stakes feature.
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'We got her in late because she had been a bit keen going down,' said Fox. 'She just dipped in the stall and could see the bottom and went for it. There was nothing I could do - that is just life and that is racing. I had my feet in the irons and I got my leg stuck in the stalls and, luckily, she got down far enough for me to get my feet out of the irons but I couldn't keep hold of her.'
Willie Haggas' Divine Call (4/6fav) was smashed off the boards from an opening 11/8 show but deferred to moderate campaigner Dashing Beauty who appears to have had a new lease of life under latest trainer Mick Quinlan. Yarmouth specialist Chris Wall rewarded some astute each way punters when Oh So Spicy (14/1) ran on into the shake up ahead of the disappointing favourite.
Seb Sanders followed up his treble on the opening day of Yarmouth's two day June festival with a double when Motrice (4/6f) scored after Volatilis (13/8f) had pocketed the Eastern Daily Press Classified Stakes. Sanders switched Volatilis to the better standside ground favoured all afternoon to pull clear at the one pole in the murky conditions.
Motrice was gifted the Moulton Nurseries Handicap when George Baker had to pull up market rival Corres (4/1) after appearing to baulk on some loose ground down the centre of the track.
Sanders' mount - a game second at Lingfield last week - looked untroubled inside the final furlong to notch a tenth winner this month for in form handler Sir Mark Prescott.
Baker's consolation was an earlier double on Requisite (9/4jf) and the well-backed Uncle Keef (6/1) in the CHC Helicopters at chc.ca Handicap.
'I rode Uncle Keef at Wolverhampton but for whatever reason he was very disappointing that day,' said Baker. 'I know they have checked him out since and although I hadn't spoken to the trainer beforehand hopefully that showed something up because the time before that he ran very well at Lingfield. If he could come back to any sort of form then we knew he would be competitive.
'Requisite went very close here before over course and distance. I spoke to the trainer Mr Wood in the morning and he was positive she would run well.'
Mark Tompkins notched his second seaside win in consecutive days when Kathleen Frances (13/2) clinched the Great Yarmouth Tourist and Information Centre Handicap finale.