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The Jobber proves party pooper


THE JOBBER proved something of a party pooper as he chose to winhis first race for two years and spoil the fairytale result to the race run in the memory of Peter Dunnett, husband of trainer Christine Dunnett, whose Russian Rocket was the neck runner-up.

It would have completed a good ladies' day on the first of the three-day Eastern festival as Hayley Turner, who rode Russian Rocket, and Kirsty Milczarek were among the winners.

"It would have been a dream but you don't always get the fairytales," said Dunnett, flanked by her five children as she marked the tenth anniversaryof the untimely death of her husband Peter at the age of 47 from a brain tumour.

"If I hadn't sponsored the race, I probably wouldn't have run him. He hasrun a great race and has had his problems and I was worried the ground was drying out against him."

The bottom weight did not let down supporters and was rallying through the final 100yds after The Jobber had flown past down the mid-track from his number one stall.

One of the winning owners, Vincent Ward, said: "It's been a difficult year for him but this had made up for it. He has come down the handicap more than a stone, having started off 99."

Turner had to settle for just the first winner as well as the near-misses from a full book of seven rides with an easy success on Talk of Saafend in the 1m claimer, giving her a first winner for top numerical trainer Richard Hannon.

"I didn't really do a lot to be honest," was Turner's report to winning connections after the 4-7 favourite had breezed home.

Milczarek joined the party with a strong ride to land the 6f maiden on Doric Lady from Baby Rock.

Winning trainer James Toller was moving into double figures from only a stable strength of 20 and was pleased to avoid a likelycall from the winner's breeder Willie Carson in getting Doric Lady to finally lose her maiden tag.

Jamie Spencer had an up and down day with his win on The Jobber accompanying a two-day ban (Sept 30 & Oct 1) for carelessriding on La Adelita, who just failed to reel in Calahonda.          
Winning trainer Paul d'Arcy has plans for some black type forthe filly, in whom he has a fifth share.

"I think she was the first Haafhd to be offered at the Doncaster sales and she is a bargain. She didn't quite get the stiff mile at Newmarket last time but has improved since and will probably go for the Weld Park Stakes ."
Speedy Dollarproved far too strong and resolute for his rivals in the 6f conditions race, enjoying the drop back in trip recommended by winning jockey Philip Robinson.

"He shows so much speed in his races, it was not going to be a problem and he ran too free over a mile at Doncaster last time," said Robinson.

Micky Quinn is enjoying a purple patch and movedon to 13 winners for the season from just 15 horses in winning the seller for the second year running.

Alan Munro got a day (Sept 30) for careless riding on the winner, Lindy Lou.

Star performance

Speedy Dollar, who relished the drop back to sprinting to land the day's feature.


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