Classy Milczarek steers Storyland home
REPORT: NEWMARKET, Saturday
A mixed day for Kirsty MilczarekPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
LESTER PIGGOTT and Sir Peter O'Sulleven, invited guests on South Africa day, could not fail to have been impressed by the ride of Kirsty Milczarek on Storyland but as in the legendary jockey's informative years, officialdom took a dim view of an inspired winning ride.
Milczarek, with instructions to hold up and relax the filly on her first attempt at the longer trip, did exactly that but also found adream run up the inside rail brushing past Inchwood before clearing away with Montbretia and winning that duel with some ease.
Piggott's son-in-law and winning trainer William Haggas summed up the ride: "She gave her an extremely brave and confident ride."
The stewards felt she transgressed in moving out to get her run and banned her for one day but unfortunately that triggered a deferred suspension under the totting up rules, so she is sidelined for five days in total (October 6-10).
Midships continued the fine form of the Amanda Perrett stable, making it a winner on both days of this meeting and five in the last ten in the 10f handicap.
Strongly backed all day from an early 10-1 to 11-4, Midships made all under Darryll Holland and easily held off Electrolyser.
Bookmakers reacted to the win of this Cambridgeshire entry with VCbet introducing him at 20-1 and Totesport going 25-1 from 33-1 but connections were making no bold statements about that big handicap.
Mango Lady had plenty to follow after her younger half-brother Oasis Knight had won the nursery on Friday evening but this half-sister to High Accolade upheld family tradition insome style on her belated racecourse debut.
Hayley Turner could take her time moving the grey daughter of Dalakhani round three rivals and was able to take a pull before racing clear from Hammer and disappointing favourite West With TheWind.
Trainer Chris Wall joked: "I said to Hayley, who rode two slow ones for me at Yarmouth, that I better put her on something quicker. This filly was too backward at two and then pulled muscles in the spring when ready to run.
She is well bred and she might go for a Listed race now if the ground stays like this."
Turner looked like making it a double in the 1m4f claimer as Agente Romano repelled a series of challenges but Apache Fort, responding to the fitting of blinkers for the first time by trainer Tom Keddy, nabbed the partnership on the post.
The FantasyFellowship is one of the most enduring ownership partnerships, celebrating ten years, and Fantasy Explorer's success in the 6f handicap was winner number 40, although thefirst success for the famous red and white colours thisyear.
The group's founder and managing director Tony Blewitt said: "It's getting increasingly hard but we have five horses, although a couple will be retired, and there are 25 partners in the fellowship. This fellow needs fast ground and this is the first time he has got it -it's been one of those years when if something can go wrong it will, especially with the ground.
"Fantasy Explorer loves it at Newmarket - he won three on the July course at three and ran well there last time this year."
Mango Lady, impressive debut maiden win.