Success for Newmarket trainer John Gosden again at Yarmouth
Newmarket trainer John Gosden was in the big money at Chantilly in France at the weekend – and he sent a pair of progressive three-year-olds to win both divisions of the Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden Stakes over a mile at Great Yarmouth yesterday.
A crowd of around 4,000 enjoyed a bumper eight-race card and by the cheers it seemed most had supported Gosden's two winners.
At prohibitive odds of 4-9, it was no surprise to see Dansili bay colt Utterance, a promising fifth on debut at Newmarket, win Division One cosily under William Buick by more than three lengths ahead of Tin Pan Alley and Ascription.
Division Two of the same race saw Gosden's Lahaag win even more impressively. Under Tadhg O'Shea, Lahaag came through to pick up Luca Cumani's newcomer Barkis and long-shot Azerodegree to win by two lengths at 7-4.
Previous course and distance winner Barwick took the �4,000 feature race, the Annual Membership At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.
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The 7-4 favourite, ridden by Ted Durcan for trainer Mark Tompkins, burst through to win comfortably by one-and-a-half lengths from Patriotic and Catchanova.
Patriotic is owned by Norwich City Football Club deputy chairman Michael Foulger, who told the crowd in a parade ring interview that his horse was a good each way bet – and that the football club would make a statement about its new manager within 48 hours.
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Watt Broderick, having only his second run for trainer Ian Williams after previously plying his trade in Ireland, took the mile Oddschecker Handicap by a neck under Frederik Tylicki.
The three-year-old, backed down to 4-1 favouritism, saw the mile out very well to beat Speedi Mouse by a neck with Adverse back in third and Sudden Wish fourth in the biggest field of the day, 16 runners.
Favourites continued to dominate and the well supported Mr Fickle kept that trend going when taking the Oddschecker.com Handicap.
George Baker got Mr Fickle up by a neck on the line for trainer Gary Moore, to pip Pendle Lady and Kashmiri Star. Mr Fickle had attracted support throughout the day and was returned at 7-2, the fifth favourite in succession following less popular winners of the first two races.
The girls had done the business in the opener with newly-crowned Sportswoman of the Year Hayley Turner taking the honours on Ed Dunlop's debutant filly Amazonas at 7-1.
There were four in line with a furlong of the six to go but Turner got Sir Robert Ogden's filly home by three-quarters of a length from another newcomer, Living Desert, ridden by Kirsty Milczarek, and favourite Beedee third at 6-4.
And the girls stayed in charge in race two when seven-pound claimer Alice Haynes produced Tiger Sunset, at 7-1, to win the six-furlong seller by a length for trainer Jamie Moore, son of the aforementioned later winning trainer Gary.
The runner-up was the complete outsider of the six runners, Strawberry Duck, another second for Milczarek who simply couldn't get to the winner in the closing stages. The winner was bought in by connections for 4,600 guineas.
Jockey Adam Beschizza, who rode a double at the last meeting, got on the scoresheet in the finale, getting The Ducking Stool, at 8-1, home from Camera Shy and Avon Supreme by two lengths for trainer Julia Fielden.
Next racing is the two-day June meeting on Wednesday and Thursday next week, first race 2.10pm.