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Woodsley House hat-trick maintains Foster form


GEORGE FOSTER, who was formerly one of the lynchpins of the Michael Dickinson team, and has since had spells with John Gosden and Brian Meehan, sent out his sixth winner of the year when Woodsley House completed a hat-trick in the 6f handicap, Neil Brown bringing him late towards the stand side to score going away by a length.

"I got my licence last October, and started with just a couple of horses, but I'm building the team up now, and I've had several inquiries in the last few weeks," said the trainer, who is based near Dalkeith, just about four miles from Musselburgh racecourse.

"This horse needs to come late off a strong pace on soft ground. I walked the course beforehand, and thought the ground that suited him was near the stand side so I told Neil to drop him out and bring him across, and he gave him a brilliant ride."

Later, owner Julie Martin received a welcome tonic when her Strawberry Moon at last broke her duck when taking the 6f older horse maiden under Tom Eaves, despite a tardy start.

"Julie is in hospital, and she's justrung me and said this win has really perked her up. The filly has good pedigree, and was bought as a brood mare so it's a great result," said her trainer Bryan Smart.

Sir Geoffrey got off the mark at the fifth time of asking when taking the 5f juvenile auction in the hands of Pat Cosgrave.

He runs inthe Paul Dixon colours and is trained by Alan McCabe, who said: "He is named after General Sir Geoffrey Howlett, who also has share in him. He is by Captain Rio, who is by Pivotal, and his dam is Disarm, and he gets him name because Sir Geoffrey Howlett played a pivotal role in the disarmament of Iraq."                        
The easiest winner of the day was the progressive Red Fama, trained by Neville Bycroft, who made it three on the trot with a six-length success under Jimmy Quinn in the 1m6f handicap, and the trainer went on to make it two with Shotley Mac, who gained his third success of the season with a three-length success under Duran Fentiman in the 7f handicap.

The nursery went to the 20-1 chanceOne Cool Kitty, who got up to win by a short head in the hands of Dominic Fox.

She is trained by Mick Quinlan, whose brother Noel said: "She's still weak and is going to be a better three-year-old."

Medici Pearl took the 1m handicap for trainer Tim Easterby and the Ryedale Partners No 3. Ridden by David Allan, she ran on in good style to beat Brasingaman Hifive by a length. "She's never looked like getting a mile before. I think she's getting strongerall the time and will be even better next year," said Easterby.

John Egan was given a one-day ban on September 18 for crossing over too quickly on runner-up War And Peace in the 6f handicap and Neil Brown's chances of the apprentice title were severely dented when he was handed a hefty ten-day (September 18-27) ban for not riding out for fourth on Beaumont Boy, who finished sixth, in the 6f maiden.

Star performances Red Fama, who trotted up by six lengths for trainer Neville Bycroft, who then went on to land a double with Shotley Mac, and Strawberry Moon, who gave her hospitalised owner Julie Martin a welcome tonic by winning for the first time after being placed on all six of her previous starts.

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