Angus Newz the toast of Liverpool publicans
REPORT: LEICESTER, Tuesday
PUBLICANS in Liverpool will have been looking forward to a lively night after their own personal pin-up Angus Newz notched a 12th victory of her career in the featured 5f conditions stakes.
The mud-loving 7-4 shot had her favoured conditions and Francis Norton gave the Mick Quinn-trained mare a peach of ride as she led her stablemate Mango Music from the start, at a steady pace, and had all the aces up his sleeve in the drive to the finish as he scored by a cosy length and a quarter.
The winner is owned by the trainer's father, who owns both the NewzBar and Black Angus in Liverpool, and his other friends in the trade also follow her religiously.
Quinn was absent, but his partner Karen Davis said: "She a real star and is a tough mare who loves this ground and is suited by small fields.Franny getson really well with her and gave her a cracking ride."
Parthenon towered above his rivals in the paddock and his imposing profile was the first one home in the 7f maiden.
The 3-1 shot had been in front from the outset and, although headed briefly by Piazza San Pietro over 1f out, he was soon back in command as he galloped on willingly for Greg Fairley to hold the Louis Beuzelin-ridden Imposing by half a length, to initiate a 20-1 across-the-card double for trainer Mark Johnston, completed by Count Paris at Lingfield.
Rob Kelly, his assistant travelling head groom, said: "It's just the usual - they fight to the death and I would say the boss will probably look for something bigger for him now. He's a big horse, a typical Mark Johnstontype."
Granary found the drop in trip suiting her admirably when taking the 7f handicap under Amy Scott.
The 7lb claimer had the winner in front over 2f out and remained unperturbed when headed by Castano over 1f out, before the 13-2 shot battled back close home to score by a head.
Trainer Henry Candy said: "She loved this ground and was coming back a furlong in trip, which helped. She's by Singspiel out of a Time Charter mare but doesn't even get a mile. Amy has a great strike-rate for an inexperienced jockey, and I think this was her seventh winner from about 40 rides."
Philip Robinson didn't have to do much arm waving when pointing Torphichen in the right direction to get off the mark in easy style in the 1m2fmaiden.
The 4-6 shot cruised into the lead on the bridle over 2f out and strode clear for a four-and-a-half-length victory from Distinctive Image.
Paul Rutter, travelling head groom to Michael Jarvis, said: "This wasn't a very good race but he had finished runner-up to a decent one of Barry Hills's Porthole at Windsor on his debut.
"He lost an off-fore shoe but this was an easy race and he liked the ground."
Le Grand Amour, a 4-7 shot, completed a short-priced double for Robinsonwhen making all for an easy success in the 1m maiden.
Hollow Green completed a one-two for David Evans in the 7f seller but not quite in the order that the Abergavenny trainer had quite hoped for.
Evans said: "Hollow Green loved the ground and probably a lot of them didn't. I backed the second and was probably on the wrong side of the track."
The winner didn't attract a bid. Winning rider Andrea Atzeni was found guilty of excessive use of the whip and suspended for three days (September 23-25).
Kimono My House has improved in leaps and bound this season, and racked up her fourth success of the campaign when getting the better of Princess Flame by a neck in the 1m2f apprentice handicap under Rosie Jessop.
Franny Norton was pure magic on Angus Newz