Hill peaks at Yarmouth as Askari comes up with all the right answers

Askari wins the Burlington Palm Hotel Of Great Yarmouth Handicap. Picture: Nick Butcher

Askari wins the Burlington Palm Hotel Of Great Yarmouth Handicap. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

There is no better feeling for an owner than seeing their silks carried to glory for the first time and Christopher Hill enjoyed just that after Askari came up with the goods at Great Yarmouth.

Intrude after winning the John Kemp 4x4 Centre Of Norwich Handicap under jockey Martin Harley. Pictu

Intrude after winning the John Kemp 4x4 Centre Of Norwich Handicap under jockey Martin Harley. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Having been involved in partnerships in Britain and Australia, Hill enjoyed a first taste of victory on his own after the four-year-old, ridden by Pat Cosgrove, landed the Burlington Palm Hotel Of Great Yarmouth Handicap by three lengths.

Askari's success at odds of 4-1 also gave trainer Tom Clover a first winner at the seaside track.

Hill said: 'I had been involved a few years ago with a friend of mine and we had a share in his filly. I've lived in Australia for a while and a few of us leased a horse over there.

'Tom and his family have been a good friend of ours for a long while so I wanted to support him and he found Askari.

On course bookmakers brave the rain at Great Yarmouth races. Picture: Nick Butcher

On course bookmakers brave the rain at Great Yarmouth races. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'There is nothing better (than having a winner). We will start in a small way then hopefully we will win the Derby one day with another one!'

Royal Ascot may be off the agenda for Enjazaat but a trip to Newmarket's July Festival could be on the cards after he provided trainer Owen Burrows with his first two-year-old winner of the season with a six-length success in the Injured Jockeys Fund Novice Stakes.

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Burrows said of the even-money favourite: 'He baffled me a bit at Newbury. He worked nicely. I wasn't saying I expected him to win but I expected him to run a tidy race.

'That was a bit more like it. It was not ideal conditions and it was not ideal having to do it from the front with no company. I think Royal Ascot will probably come too soon.

Street Art takes second place in the 3.50pm at Great Yarmouth with jockey Hollie Doyle. Picture: Nic

Street Art takes second place in the 3.50pm at Great Yarmouth with jockey Hollie Doyle. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'We will have a think about it (July Stakes) as he has worked nicely at home.'

Stuart Williams is keen for Intrude to turn out again quickly after the multiple all-weather scorer opened his account on turf when bolting up by 16 lengths in the John Kemp 4x4 Centre Of Norwich Handicap.

The Newmarket handler said of the 5-1 winner 'Martin (Harley) said they went quite hard early on. He said the rest of them fell away at halfway and he was still on the bridle. It was touch and go whether we were going to run on this ground as the owner said he needs fast ground. We will try get him in somewhere next week.'

Silvestre de Sousa enjoyed a quickfire double after firstly guiding the Tony Carson-trained Swilly Sunset (6-4 favourite) to glory in the Ladies Night At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.

Theydon Girls wins the 3.50pm at Great Yarmouth with jockey Marc Monaghan. Picture: Nick Butcher

Theydon Girls wins the 3.50pm at Great Yarmouth with jockey Marc Monaghan. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

De Sousa then booted the Ismail Mohammed-trained Always Thankful (15-8 favourite) to victory in the Weddings & Private Parties At Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.

The Luca Cumani-trained Rigoletto (3-1) made it second-time lucky in the BBC Radio Norfolk Maiden Stakes, while Theydon Girls (16-1) left her previous efforts behind with a front-running success for trainer Peter Charalambous in the Lowestoft Hydraulic Handicap.

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