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Lost Soldier Three tops off great day for Nicholls


Trainer David Nicholls

David Nicholls added Catterick feature to his Ayr Gold Cup win

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

IT may not be quite as rewarding as the big one at Ayr, but David Nicholls, triumphant with Regal Parade up in Scotland, also took the day's feature race when Lost Soldier Three, owned by Eamon Maher, stayed on strongly to land the 1m4f handicap.

In a strongly-run affair, Silvestre de Sousa took him to the front over a furlong out and then held the challenge of Another Moment by a length and a half to gain his first win for more than three years having drifted down from a mark as high as 106 to 88.

It was a also a good day for trainer Declan Carroll, who has recently lost ten horses, including prolific winners Birkside and She's Our Lass, but kept his name on the score sheet when Sampower Rose landed the nursery on her handicap debut, Paul Quinn driving her out to beat the top weight TheKyllachy Kid by a neck despite drifting out to 16-1.

"This is the first-ever winner for her sire, the Group winner Sampower Star, and I'm delighted for her owner, John O'Sullivan," said Carroll, who has a team of 50 at his base at Sledmere in East Yorkshire.

Earlier Darcey from the Richard Fahey yard was a well-backed winner of the first division of the 6f juvenile maiden. The filly, who was fifth on her Ripon debut, was sent off at 11-4 from 9-2 and scored by eight lengths in the hands ofTony Hamilton.

J-P Guillambert, who rode third-placed Point Of Light was given a two-day ban on September 6, 7 for careless riding.                            
The well-supported 20-1 chance Hartley was the wide-margin winner of division two, the son of Lucky Story scoring by seven lengths under Paul Fessey.

Owned by Clarendon Thoroughbreds, he is trained by James Bethell, who said: "He's a nice sort who was bred by Mrs Peacock. He had been going nicely at home and as he's going to make a nice three-year-old I may give him only one more run this time."

Eton Rifles, trained by Howard Johnson, was another wide-margin scorer, the three-year-old, ridden by Paul Mulrennan, clearing away from his rivals in the straight to land the 7f older horse maiden by eight lengths.

"Howard likes him, and said he'll make a nice miler next season. He may not run again this year," said his owner, Graham Wylie.

Mulrennan had earlier taken the seller on Miss Cruisecontrol, the only runner of the day from the John Best yard.

She stayed on strongly to score by four and half lengths after which her owner Dave Standbridge had to go to 4,800gns in order to retain her.

Star performance
Eton Rifles who looked a horse with a bright future when getting off the mark by eight lengths in the older-horse maiden.

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