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Cannon fires Emsay Crag to victory
3:08pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
A PACKED crowd assembled at Pontefract on Sunday for their seven-race card which produced some quality races and decent winners.
The easiest winner on the day was Emsay Crag, who ran away with the stayers handicap under Declan Cannon.
Philip Kirby has made a big impact since relocating to Middleham at the start of the year and there is a chance to get up close with the trainer and his in-form team of horses as he’s staging an open day on September 1.
At this time of the year, rarely a day goes by without Mark Johnston having a winner and he was also on the mark at Pontefract, and this time it was Fennell Bay’s turn to enter to winner’s enclosure.
The new week started at Thirsk on Monday, when Bondi Beach Boy completed a hat-trick as he took his career winning tally to seven in just under four months.
The four-year-old, who began his spree on a mark of 46 at Catterick in May, defied a rating of 71, plus a 6lb penalty, in the Bet & Watch With RacingUK’s Apprentice Handicap.
Jim Turner’s sprinter supplemented two recent wins at Beverley, where he has won four times in all, when overpowering the pace-setting Come On Dave inside the final furlong The 3-1 favourite, ridden by PJ McDonald, kept on admirably to score by a length from Da’quonde, who collared Come On Dave for second spot by a head.
Someone’s Darling (7-2) made it three wins from her last five starts when coming out on top in a three-way finish to the GBI Racing Welcome Nicosia Race Club Handicap.
Having Graham Lee on board paid dividends as Jim Goldie’s charge prevailed by a head from Bousatet, with Marcus Caesar just half a length behind.
Sound Advice (14-1) landed the James Herriot Apprentice Handicap in game fashion.
Tom Eaves sent the Keith Dalgleish-trained four-yearold to the front just under two furlongs out and he battled on well to beat The Osteopath by one and a half lengths.
Inyordreams came across from her far side draw to lead just over a furlong out and open her account in the Maiden Stakes. The 7-4 favourite, trained by James Given, had shown plenty of promise in all her three previous starts and was a ready two-and-a-quarter- length winner from The Hooded Claw.
The David Barron-trained Esteaming (4-7) duly landed the odds in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap in the hands of Graham Gibbons, while Anna Hesketh steered Richard Guest’s George Fenton (4-1) to a narrow victory in the Read Hayley Turner Every Friday racinguk.com Lady Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
The Richard Fahey winning bandwagon rolled on when Bountiful Forest (10-3) outbattled the odds-on Baltic Spirit by a length under 7lb claimer Samantha Bell in the Download The Free Racing UK App Claiming Stakes.
Further south, Philip Kirby continued his fine run of form when Noir Girl took the bumper at Worcester under the yard’s conditional jockey Adam Nicol.
York’s Ebor Festival continues today and tomorrow, horseracing at its very best.
The highlight on today’s card is the Coolmore Nunthorpe and Thirsk handler Bryan Smart has a live chance with the three-year-old Moviesta.
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