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Slugger makes it third time lucky for Hills


AFTER two seconds earlier in the afternoon, Barry Hills made it third time lucky with Slugger O'Toole in the 7f handicap.

The three-year-old ran out a ready winner under Chris Catlin from Harrison George.

Assistant trainer Charlie Hills, representing his father, said: "He seemed to relish the ground, but he's a good-actioned horse who can also cope with it quicker. Chris always felt he was going to win and he's done it well in the end."

Hills added that his father is expected to be back on track within the next month after recovering from throat surgery.

"He's back home and hopefully will be back on the track in two or three weeks' time," said Charlie Hills. "He's in good spirits and saw the horses out last week. He's tough enough."        

Jamie Spencer and Michael Bell took the opening honours with Ballantrae in the 7f nursery, who prevailed by a length from Mister Dee Bee to record his second win from three starts, while Judge 'N Jury, under Kevin Ghunowa, came out on top in a blanket finish to the concluding 5f handicap, much to the delight of Ron Harris, who bought him for only 2,000gns out of Charles Cyzer's yard at Newmarket last October.

Harris said: "He's a good horse, or at least he will be. He's still a big backward baby, and I might not do a lot more with him this season. But next year he could win a real good race for Mark and Ruth Serrell, who are wonderfully supportive owners."

Star performance
Perks, revelling in the soft ground, looking every inch the sort of horse who can play a leading role in the Cambridgeshire, for which he is now favourite


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