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Blue De Vega: winner for the tenth time of handicap 5f
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Robert Cowell saddled half the six-rider field in the 5f handicap and the three-rider approach resulted in a 1-3-4 as the likeable sprinter Blue De Vega claimed a tenth success and once again announced its versatility.
The eight-year-old owned by Julia Morley has won four maid-to-farm races, most recently at Doncaster in August, and clinched that race for the second year in a row on heavy ground after scoring under Tom Marquand.
Blue De Vega beat her teammate Ishvara last year and she finished third this time around, with Cowell’s other rider Benefit Street back in fourth.
Greg Chung, Cowell’s assistant coach, said: “Blue De Vega is very adaptable and goes on most terrains as his form shows. It will do him a lot of good for his confidence and he’s competitive again on this kind of ground. Mark.
“He’s a great horse at home, very healthy and easy to train. He’s a backyard favorite.”
The other Class 3 competition on the eight-race map went to the Queen’s Pied Piper, who took their heavy-field record to 2-2 with a four-length victory for John and Thady Gosden and Rab Havlin in the 1m2f handicap . Downsman owns the same heavy ground handicap record after hitting in the 1m4f event for Jim Boyle and Neil Callan.
Charlie Appleby unearthed another promising two-year-old when Perseus Way crossed the proving ground to score on his novice first mile debut.
The track was hit with 21mm of rain overnight, but Sea The Stars’ son handled the grueling conditions to score three-quarter lengths.
Jockey James Doyle said: “It was a real chore on this ground but he was pretty fit and was able to keep going. He handled the conditions well. He’s a really good guy for next year, he is big and crude and should provide during the winter. “
‘I thought I was beaten’
Jason Hart was surprised by the photo finish verdict when the seller of 1m2f thought his Possible Ambition mount was at stake.
It was the three-year-old coached by John Quinn, owned by Andrew Reed, who was called the winner, taking a first victory and subsequently bought for £ 6,000. The Trusty Scout finalist was bought by David Pipe for £ 8,000.
Hart said: “I thought I was beaten. The second came to a complete stop and this guy came right inside the groove and I didn’t want to slow him down because he was waiting on the other a bit. horse.
“He won in the end, that’s all that matters. He acts on this ground, which is a big help. It’s quite attritional there.”
Favorite backers had to wait for the final for a winner, with John Clare landing back-to-back renewals of the 7f Apprentice Handicap.
The five-year-old girl trained by Pam Sly was associated with Christian Howarth, who is based with Marco Botti. Tyler Heard was the other successful apprentice of the day, winning the second division 6f handicap over Willingly for Mark Usher.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 7:00 p.m., OCTOBER 5, 2021