Turner lights up Kempton with 93-1 double
REPORT: KEMPTON, Saturday evening
A 93-1 Hayley Turner double was the highlight of a pretty ordinarynight's racing atKempton Park, though the Sunbury track once again attracted a decent-sized crowd, proving that these Saturday night fixtures can be popular even without entertainment, so the loss of these fixtures in 2009 is a blow to course.
Todber became the first winner to be foaled by 2002 King's Stand Winner Dominica when she landed the opening 5f sprint handicap for an in-form Marcus Tregoning, who also trained the dam. Todber hadn't looked to be progressing in her short career so far but she appreciated the combination of a drop in trip and application of the first-time visor to score pretty readily.
Djalalabad completed Turner's brace when coming with a strong late run to land the 7f handicap for Norfolk-based trainer Christine Dunnett.
The progressive Dubai Crest justified some strong market support when getting up close home in the 1m nursery for Amanda Perrett and Jim Crowley. The Alan Spence-owned colt was sent off a 7-2 favourite having been a general 13-2 chance during before racing and he responded well to a strong ride to get off the mark at the fifth attempt.
David Pinder saddled his second winner of the year when Gazboolou landed a right old gamble, edging out Onenightinlisbon under a strong ride from Fergus Sweeney in the 1m handicap. The consistent four-year-old was sent off at 4-1 having opened up at 9-1 but the Oxfordshire-based handler insisted he wasn't the source of the gamble.
Pinder said: "Someone must have it in for me because my other horse tonight Golden Brown was well backed and I've not aclue why. I guess Gazbaloo made some appeal because he has won here and he's very consistent, though that has probably been his downfall in a way. That's his first win in a handicap which is great."
Mohawk Star was the easiest winner of the night, scoring in impressive fashion in the closing 2m handicap and following up his victory over course and distance last week. Always going best under George Baker, he pulled three and three quarter lengthsclear of his rivals in the closing stages and the application of the headgear has clearly worked the oracle.
Wind Flow bounced back to form in the 1m4f claimer and Chris Dwyer's gelded son of Dr Fongwho made it four wins, all on the all-weather, when scoring at odds of 11-1 under Catherine Gannon. Havanavich made it eleventh time lucky when shedding his maiden tag in the 10f handicap for Sylvester Kirk and Liam Keniry.
Todber is bred to be a sprinter and she relished the drop back in trip. She could be one to follow now.