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Crackentorp puts Cyzer back in headlines


THIS week last year Charles Cyzer was announcing his retirement from training with a broadside at the racing authorities and prize-money in particular.

On Friday he picked up a few quid short of £7,500 as his home-bred Crackentorp romped away with the feature handicap.

Not that Cyzer has been out of the news since, as he has sold his yard to Brighton-based Gary Moore, who has taken over the training of his horses and has sent out four winners for the Cyzers with Susie May and now Crackentorp scoring twice.

Cyzer joked: "You see they have got a good trainer now who can do a proper job.

"Crackentorp comes from a good family - his dam Raspberry Sauce won here and six in all and his half-sister Boot 'N Toot has won five. We don't have the dam any more but there's a two-year-old half-sister to come and we still have eight or ten broodmares, foals and yearlings around."

Fergus Sweeneyovercame an unfavourable draw but at the cost of afive-day ban (September 19-23) for crossing over too sharply on Crackentorp into the first bend, hampering runner-up Hustle and others.

There were two big gambles with contrasting results as Sortita, backed down to 7-4 favourite for Crackentorp's race, was a sore disappointment.

She was reported by jockey Richard Hills to have run too freely and then lost her action.

The bookmakers had the smile wiped off their faces later, though, as Billberry was backed off the boards on-course after shrewdies had snapped up 3-1 at sunrise.

The top weight was sent off 11-10 and George Baker's only concern was where to make his winning move off the home bend as he slammed 33-1 chance Headache.

In-form trainer Stuart Williams said of Billberry: "This was a worse race than the one he won earlier in the week and I wouldn't have run, except this was his last chance to run against 0-55 rated rivals as he is sure to be rated in the 60s next week."

David Probert continues to impress as the apprentice find of the year and Andrew Balding's claimer produced another fine ride to get Oat Cuisine home in a tactical 1m2f fillies' handicap.                  
Probert got the Michael Bell-trained filly revved up tight to the inside rail around the home bend in the dash to the line.

Azwa was a welcome winner for trainer Ed Dunlop and gave owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum another boost for his young sire Haafhd as his filly showed too much speed for her rivals in the 5f nursery to foil unlucky favourite Olynard.

Winning rider Martin Dwyer was banned for one day (September 19) for careless riding in interfering with Agnes Love inside the final furlong.

Robin Trevor-Jones, Dunlop's travelling head groom, said: "She was very disappointing at Kempton last time but dropped back to the minimum here, she has shown lots of speed despite her breeding suggesting she might want further."

There was another home-bred winner when Hurakan, watched by his owner Lady Clague, outbattled his rivalsin the 1m median auction maiden under a strong ride from Jim Crowley.

Winning trainer Amanda Perrett said: "That was an excellent ride and a brave partner. It's great for the owner-breeder, who had Nosferatu with us, and this colt will want further, so it's very exciting."

Benllech proved a shrewd purchase at the July sales despite having leapt in the ratings from 63 to 84 in winning seven for Michael Wigham.

Fellow Newmaket trainer David Simcock hopes to find even more improvement witha step back up in trip after Richard Mullen got a ready response to beat Halsion Chancer in a fast-run 6f handicap.

Derek Shaw continues to keep his supporters in profit (now more than £24 to a level £1 stake from 300 runners) as he produced 5f median auction maiden winner Pride Of Northcare, well ridden by Darren Williams.

Star performance
Benllech, on the clock by far the most impressive winner of the day

Analysis pick
Sequillo wasn't given a hard time in the closing stages of the opening maiden and now qualifies for a nursery mark


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