Brown Panther: won Pontefract's Castle Stakes for second successive yearPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Brown Panther floors Main Sequence
Report: Pontefract, Sunday
totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f, 4yo+
BROWN PANTHER won the Listed Pontefract Castle Stakes for the second year, pulling three and a half lengths clear of Souviens Toi, with even-money favourite Main Sequence disappointing.
Main Sequence hasn't won since landing the Lingfield Derby trial more than a year ago and despite several placed efforts, most notably when second to Camelot in the Derby, and he never looked like scoring despite the drop to Listed company.
"That's too bad to be true," said Main Sequence's trainer David Lanigan. "I thought he would win that. The horse seems fine after but he was the first horse beaten."
It was subsequently found that Main Sequence scoped dirty.
Instead it was Brown Panther who ended a losing sequence that dates back to this race last year. Beaten just a neck in the Irish St Leger, Brown Panther made a winning start to 2013, kicking clear in the home straight under Richard Kingscote.
"He didn't run very well first time out in the last two years so Andy Jackson the head lad and all the team put a lot of effort in and we have really wound him up," said trainer Tom Dascombe. "We had him pretty ready today. Richard said he was very rusty but he was fit.
"He fell asleep in the stalls and just missed the break but that was good as he has been a very keen horse in previous years. I haven't spoken to the bosses yet but he is in a Group 2 at Newmarket in a couple of weeks' time and we'll see what they want to do.
"He is as good as ever and he is still lightly raced, hopefully we can get him right on the day for one big one."
Winning owner Michael Owen added: "It is a lovely race to win. Hopefully he can on to bigger and better things. The Irish St Leger is his main target. He finished third in it last year when he was beaten about four inches."