Yarmouth festival 'one of the best'

A hugely successful At The Races Eastern Festival ended with Yarmouth Racecourse general manager Glenn Tubby hailing it as one of the best.

A hugely successful At The Races Eastern Festival ended with Yarmouth Racecourse general manager Glenn Tubby hailing it as one of the best.

"We've been blessed with three days of sunny weather, with only a small amount of rain on Thursday afternoon.

"But it couldn't put a dampener on what have been three superb days of horse racing for our enthusiastic crowds," he said.

Record prize-money of more than £200,000 brought out some very good horses.


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If the bookmakers won day one, and the punters day two, then on the third day - Ladies' Day - the punters remained in front.

Four of the seven races went to favourites, including 15-8 The Illies in the Press Red For At The Races Active Nursery for trainer Barry Hills and his son Michael.

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The feature race of the day was the £20,000 Halls Group Victory Vase Handicap.

It went to jockey Hayley Turner and 3-1 joint favourite Rationale, winning for the fourth time in a row.

Boderlescott can join an elite band of sprinters by completing a big-race double in the totesport Ayr Gold Cup this afternoon.

With Robin Bastiman's charge already having the Stewards' Cup in the bag, success in this six-furlong test would be the icing on the cake in a most productive season.

The four-year-old has been improving steadily for the last two seasons and left the distinct impression there might be even more to come when winning Glorious Goodwood's valuable contest six weeks ago.

That was the seventh victory of his 16-race career and one which yet again proved he is just as effective at the trip no matter what tactics are employed, something which will stand him in good stead in such a cavalry charge.

An extra 3lb is of little concern as he appears to be capable of holding his own in Pattern company, so Borderlescott appeals as the most likely winner of a very tough event.

La Presse can forward her Classic claims for next season with victory in the Group Three Sportsman Newspaper Firth of Clyde Stakes.

Turn to pages 54 and 55 for tips, results and this weekend's cards.

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