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I'm Sensational ends Cecil's Lingfield drought


IT probably has not given him too many sleepless nights, but Henry Cecil was ending a losing run at the track stretching back more than four years when I'm Sensational won at Lingfield on Tuesday.

His losing run clearly was not a negative that troubled punters unduly, for the Niarchos-owned filly was a well-backed 6-4 chance for the 7f maiden for three-year-olds and upwards, despite the stable having sent out 44 losers over a period of 1,585 days since Fine Palette won in the soft in May 2004.

I'm Sensational won in the style the support suggested she might too, Jimmy Quinn sending her to the front approaching two furlong out and bringing her home three lengths clear of Cape Rock, who was also quite well supported. Cecil, unfortunately, was absent.

Quinn looked to have a fine chance of competing a double on Tabulate, who was evens favourite for the seller, but after dropping the mare in from a wide draw and travelling well hefound himself stuck in traffic as they straightened for home. Although Tabulate ran on well when she saw daylight, she failed by half a length to peg back Eddie Ahern's mount Jelly Mo.

Jelly Mo was subsequently found to have interfered with fourth-placed Tenement, who in turn interfered with the winner, and although the result stood, Ahern was banned for two days (September 23-24) for careless riding.

Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning completed a double elsewhere on the card - the trainer alsohad a winner at Leicester - and they later went close to making it three at Lingfield.

Count Paris, a Pivotal colt, won the nursery on turf by a diminishing shorthead from My Sweet Georgia, but Feeling Fab, who is by Refuse To Bend, won the Polytrack maiden for fillies with plenty to spare, scoring by four lengths from Purple Sage.                             

Then in the 7f handicap Silent Master made a bold bid at the head of affairs to overcome an absence of 190 days, only to be worn down close home by fellow northern raider Fiefdom, a recent course and distance winner who was once again partnered by Pat Mathers.

Johnston's representative Rose Beattie, explaining Feeling Fab's long-odds-on defeat at Catterick last time, said: "She's a big, long-striding filly and she didn't enjoy the undulations at Catterick.She got a nice lead here and extended well in the straight.

"She's a half-sister to Spirit Of France, who went on to race in Dubai, and she's a similar type."

The 6f median auction maiden wentto 8-15 chance Definightly, who overcame stall two to come home five lengths clear of newcomer Keep Dancing.

Jockey Steve Drowne likes the colt, who he says has a "lovely nature", and so does trainer Roger Charlton, who will now wait and see what the handicapper does.

There was good money for the Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds' Colour Trooper before the 1m maiden, and Stephen Carson's mount kept up the good recent run of Peter Winkworth's team with a half-length defeat of Girl Of Pangaea, who was Frankie Dettori's only ride.

Star performance
Frankie Dettori, who defied the cynics by travelling all the way from Newmarket for just one ride after three others were withdrawn. Unfortunately, the filly found one too good


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