Kiribati King adds to Corby legacy
REPORT: WARWICK, Thursday
TIM CORBY would have approved. A miserable monsoon of a morning miraculously turned sunny in time to greet the poignant success of Kiribati King.
The always affable bloodstock agent, killed in a car crash last week, headed up the winning Box 41 ownership group and is already much missed at the winning yard of Mick Channon, who was badly injured in the crash.
Channon's travelling groom Brian O'Doherty summed it up: "It has left a big hole in the yard. Tim was down there every morning bright and breezy."
Kiribati King looked like downing tools midway through the 1m7f handicap but Tony Culhane was rewarded for his perseverance to gain the day from two less than enthusiastic rivals in Simone Martini and Sphere.
La Adelita booked her place in the big-money draw that is the new Tattersalls Timeform 800 for fillies on October 4 at the Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting after spread-eagling her maiden fillies rivals.
The 8-11 favourite was sent to the front by Jamie Spencer and was fully five lengths clear into the final furlong before being eased as It's Dubai Dolly kept up the chase.
Winning trainer Michael Bell said: "She is a filly witha great temperament and seems to be progressing."
Aahaykid looks a colt going places as he also treated his maiden rivals with disdain to confirm the promise of his debut ten days ago.
Winning rider Fergus Sweeney said: "He has done it very nicely and has come on plenty for his first outing and enjoyed that ground."
There was a postscript to this success as trainer Karl Burke was fined £290 for breaking the security rules after a syringe containing Refuel, an electrolyte substance, was discovered in the box of the winner.
Stipendiary steward Simon Cowley explained: "It is an allowable substance but you must get permission totake it into the stables. After investigation, it looks to have been taken in by mistake and as such the fine is at the bottom end of the scale."
Reg Bedding, well into his 80s, has been a lucky owner for the McMahon stable over the years and his latest youngster Noble Storm continued the winning association with a game win in the nursery.
Trainer Ed McMahon, who has had a pop at two-year-old handicapper Matthew Tester, said: "The handicapper has been hard on my two-year-olds. This one is mylowest-rated and he is still high in the handicap!"
Nobilissima added to her reputation as a mudlark when splashing her way to glory in the 6f handicap under Marc Halford, who is closing in on riding out his claim, needing another 15 winners.
Winning trainer John Spearing often has a plan mapped out for his sprint winners but admitted: "She disappointed the last twice and I just wanted to see how she went."
Jamie Spencer picked up a one-day ban for careless riding (Sept 18) on Street Star for hampering Royal Envoy towards the back of the field in the straight.
William Buick was also hit with a suspension after winning on Spotty Muldoon, found to have used his whip excessively and too forcefully, ruling him out of Ayr Gold Cup weekend as he is sidelined from Sept 19 to 21.
While Haddon Frost is making the leap across to jump racing, fellow apprentice Johnny Featherstone is back riding on the flat after turning amateur over jumps when his weight increased.
After teaming up successfully with Jenny Soba, trained by his mother Lucinda, Featherstone said: "That is my fourth winner. I have had my apprentice licence back for about three months and am riding out for Alan McCabe, Ed Vaughan in Newmarket and sometimes Vicky Haigh."
Aahaykid, runaway winner of his maiden