Angus Newz makes all
REPORT: CHESTER, Saturday
MICK QUINN, who swapped knocking in goals for the likes of Newcastle and Coventry to knocking in winners, reached the century mark at Chester on saturday when Angus Newz made all to land the Listed Fillies Stakes.
Franny Norton jumped her out quickly from stall one and with warm favourite Look Busy having to switch round horses to make her challenge, poached enough of a lead to keep that rival at bay in the dash to the post.
"I have kept it quiet about being on 99 winners, but it is great to reach the hundred and it could hardly have been better as Franny has riddenabout 50 per cent of my winners and he has done it on the best mare I have ever trained in my father's colours and on my favourite track!" said Quinn.
Even so, Angus Newz, who is rising six, goes to the Sales later this year with Quinn admitting: "I would love to keep her next season, but she has more black type than a Chinese menu and has nothing to prove".
Norton completed a rapid-fire 21.5-1 double when race specialist Foxhaven suvived a stewards inquiry for hampering runner-up Carte Diamond as he repeated his 2006 victory in the listedCarlsberg Stand Cup.
Foxhaven who was runner-up to Hattan in the race last year, is trained by Patrick Chamings, whose travelling head lad Jan Valstyn said: "It is a long way to come but is worth it. He loves it here as he is always having to look round a bend!"
It was a good day for another footballer-turned-trainer with Akhenaten did his bit to boost Mick Channon's recovery following his recent serious road accident with an impressive win in the two-year-old maiden.
Akhenaten finished well to beat Royal Defence and stable representative Lesley White said: "He is a nice stamp of a horse and we think a lot about him. He should make up into a decent sort next season, but this win will have done the boss some good".
Dale Gibson was fuming after being brought down on Antigua Sunrise and laid the blame firmly at the door of apprentice Bradley Roper, who was also brought down on Nayessence, but the stewards decided they couldn't apportion blame at the inquiry and decided to take no further action.
After retiring last year, Naas-based couple Norman and Helen Steel's decision to go into racehorse ownership is already paying dividends with Firebet winning for a second time in the nursery handicap.
With favourite Night Of Fortune looking decidedly uncooperative, it was Lakeman who set sail for home and well inside the final furlong he seemed to have matters well in hand only for Firebet to produce a storming finish.
The Steels flew in from Ireland to watch the colt win and Norman said: "With Aidan O'Brien hoovering up everything in Ireland we decided to come to Britain.
"We have three two-year-olds with Ann Duffield and another couple of yearlings with her fornext year. Firebet has now won twice and we have a Galileo colt who is very exciting that still has to run".
Franny Norton, who completed a stylish double with Angus Newz and Foxhaven, but might even have had a three-timer had Royal Defence not had his heels clipped in the opener.