Seaside excursion fails to further champ’s bid

It was a dismal day for champion jockey Paul Hanagan at Great Yarmouth yesterday when almost 100 horses contested eight races in the first of three October meetings.

Hanagan, leading this season's title race with 145 winners, had rides in all eight races but couldn't get his nose in front, riding a second and two thirds.

Despite the 40mph wind which made riding conditions difficult, all jockeys managed to keep on the right side of the new whip rules which came into force yesterday.

Godolphin introduced a smart newcomer in the opener. Ihtiraam, a bay filly ridden by Ian Mongan, squeezed home by a neck, at 10-1, from 4-7 favourite Shaleek with Hanagan third on Intense Pink.

Mongan then went on to complete a 98-1 double when winning at 8-1 on Walter Swinburn's Shifting Star. Glaswegian Mongan timed his run well to beat Hanagan on Soap Wars and Neil Callan on Drift and Dream.

Best finish of the day saw Joe Fanning drive home Loki's Revenge for William Jarvis to win by a short head.

The 9-2 favourite was slowly away but got up in the final strides of the six-furlong contest to beat Mosaicist and Martin Lane in a photo-finish with Hanagan third on Celtic Sixpence.

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The course never fails to throw up a shock and Frognall, from Richard Guest's Stainforth's stable won at 40-1 in the second.

Guest had four runners declared but took two out only to see Frognall, ridden by Robert Winston, account for favourite Quarrel and Jungle Bay.

There was almost a bigger shock later when Hingham trainer Christine Dunnett's Yakama, at 50-1, was just beaten in the final strides by 16-1 shot Glass Mountain, ridden by Lane for Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe.

Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston was enjoying his 52nd birthday but had nothing to celebrate when Vociferous, his short-priced favourite, finished well beaten. Callan rode the winner, Welsh Nayber, at 15-2 for Amanda Perrett, holding off 25-1 outsider Istan Star.

Jimmy Quinn became the most successful current jockey at Great Yarmouth when he clocked up his 20th winner at the track since 2007, driving Camrock Star home at 6-1 for trainer William Knight in the claimer before the finale, a five-furlong sprint, went to The Strig, at 4-1, ridden by William Carson for trainer Stuart Williams.

The next meeting at Great Yarmouth, is a week today, Tuesday, October 18.