Will blasts seaside double
JONATHAN REDHEAD An excellent Will Buick double was the highlight of the first evening meeting of the season at Yarmouth last night.Buick romped home on Dalkey Girl and Froissee to complete a fine night's work in glorious sunshine in front of a healthy crowd.
An excellent Will Buick double was the highlight of the first evening meeting of the season at Yarmouth last night.
Buick romped home on Dalkey Girl and Froissee to complete a fine night's work in glorious sunshine in front of a healthy crowd.
A surge half a furlong from home in the 5f Aeropak Madien Auction Stakes at 7pm saw Dalkey Girl take victory ahead of favourite Hucking Harmony. The two-year-old filly finished fourth in her debut run at Lingfield, but at the seaside, she switched from stand side to the middle of the course.
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Two races later and Buick gave punters a big boost with a far easier victory on 9-4 favourite Froissee. The Neville Callaghan-trained horse hit the front three furlongs from home to dominate and win by 11 lengths from Professor Twinkle and Rowan Lodge in the straight mile Freederm Handicap.
The race also saw Dean McKeown handed a ban for three days from Saturday June 30, for "careless riding" on board Hits Only Cash after interfering with the winner 5½ furlongs from home. McKeown is expected to appeal.
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But between his two successes, Buick did not have things all his own way and trailed home last on favourite Roca Redonda in the Diomed Developments Selling Stakes. Buick was almost 70 lengths behind the winner, 40-1 shot Joint Expectations, trained by local trainer Christine Dunnett.
The three-year-old caught up with long time leader Firebird Annie in the final furlong after Amy Baker's mount hung badly to the left.
Joint Expectations only stepped into the lead 50 yards from home to give jockey Dimitris Mylonas his first victory in this country and Dunnett's first after more than a month with no runners.
An up and down night for punters began with a comprehensive victory for Desert Hawk, the mount of Liam Jones, which returned to winning ways in the mile and a quarter 4Head Apprentice Handicap at 6.30pm.
The 5-1 shot broke free from the pack with a furlong and a half to go and eased away from the field. 40-1 outsider Lucefer tried to give chase but ran out of legs although it held on for second place, five lengths behind. Favourite Gizmondo left punters disappointed and was never in with a genuine shout.
A steward's enquiry, held after the winner looked to have interfered with Shaika around the turn, ruled the incident made no difference to the result.
Buick came close to bagging a treble in the 8.30pm Adios Rating Related Stakes on board favourite Corlough Mountain. However, the finish came too soon for Buick and he was beaten by 1½ lengths by Samsons Son, the mount of Dane O'Neill, with McKeown, on board Jawaab in third.
In the last race of the night, the 6f Bazuka Handicap at 9pm, Seb Sanders made his journey from Royal Ascot worthwhile. He won by a length on 4-9-on favourite Dramatic ahead of Hucking Hope and Cornerstone to send punters home happy.