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Pressing pounces as Brits deliver in Veliefendi

Veliefendi: Topkapi Trophy (Group 2) 1m

PRESSING led home a famous British 1-2-3 as, following a whitewash in the previous five races ofthe inaugural Turkish International Racing Festival, the foreign visitors finally got it right when the big money was on offer in the£512,000 Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi in Istanbul, on Sunday night.

Given a superb ride by Neil Callan, the Michael Jarvis-trained five-year-old sat second and struck for home almost three furlongs out, soon putting daylight between himself and the field.

The gap reduced in the closing stages but Pressing, an 8-1 chance, still had a length and a half to spare at the line from the favourite, Linngari, with the three-year-old Stimulation postinganother personal best to take third, just a head behind. Collection was a further length and three-quarters adrift in fifth with Fifteen Love eighth of the ten runners.

Callan, who was landing the most lucrative success of his career, said: "Pressing is a real champion. He's been showing us a lot of speed at home and it's great to win a big one and take revenge on Linngari, who beat us in Germany last time."

Roger Varian, Jarvis's assistant, added: "This is a super prize to win and the race went really well for us. In one burst he put two or three lengths on the field and that was very telling.                                                       

"His work has been exceptional this year and, to be honest, we have been a bit disappointed with his results. The Hong Kong Mile is one of a number of possibilities for him now."

James Savage, assistant to Linngari's handler, Sir Michael Stoute, said: "Ryan reported that the ground was a bit too quick for him and when they were just getting into a rhythm they hit a false patch."

Hughie Morrison said: "Stimulation has run his heart out. He was the first off the bridle but showed what a gutsy horse he is to only be pipped for second.

"This shows that he stays a mile, round a bend on fast ground at least. He could go for the Prix de la Foret in France and Darryll (Holland) said that we should take him to
Hong Kong."

Maureen Haggas, representing her husband, William, said: "Collection was a bit fresh early and then was short of room at a crucial time but he has still run a solid race", while Roger Charlton admitted that Fifteen Love, who was beaten a total of five lengths, was "not quite good enough".                                                                     



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