Rough Rock finds his match at Yarmouth

Trainer Charlie McBride completed a double and ended the winning streak of locally-owned Rough Rock in yesterday afternoon's feature race at Great Yarmouth.

Rough Rock, owned by Norwich City director Michael Foulger, had won six times at Great Yarmouth, including on his last two appearances.

But a six-pound penalty following last week's success, proved too much in the Shirley Gill Memorial Handicap and it was Amoya, at 4-1, who completed a frontrunning success.

Ridden by claimer Adam Beschizza, McBride's Amoya had been successful in Germany but was enjoying his first British success.

Earlier McBride's newcomer Speedi Mouse landed a gamble in the seller, when getting up by a nose to beat 40-1 complete outsider Masters Club. The winner, owned and trained by McBride, won at 11-2 under Martin Lane, having opened on course at 12-1.


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It proved a one-woman show in the Martin Foulger Memorial Handicap, the day's other feature. Trainer Stef Higgins led Victorian Bounty around the parade ring, collected the best turned out award for her efforts in preparing the horse and then watched Pat Cosgrave steer the gelding home on the stands rail to pip Ursula in a thrilling photo-finish.

The bay gelding was returned at 13-2 on a day when the larger than usual Monday seaside crowd were finding winners hard to come by.

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In the opener over seven furlongs, a gamble on the grey Ocean Tempest, backed from 40-1 to 10-1 just failed, when Liam Jones got Hamble home at 14-1 by half a length for Newmarket trainer William Haggas.

Easiest winner of the day was Camberley Two. Clearly still ahead of the handicapper, the Roger Charlton trained grey, ridden by Kieran O'Neill, completed a four-timer with ease at 5-4.

Liberty Ship should have won at Great Yarmouth last week but was given too much to do late on by his apprentice jockey. Ridden this time by Royston Ffrench, the gelding put that experience behind him to beat Clear Ice in the penultimate race.

The final race of the day saw Simon Pearce ride Dr Finley to a comfortable success in a two-miler, beating well-backed Go Amwell and complete outsider Rosie Raymond.

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