Look Around is Sandown Star for Andrew Balding

Filly claims Listed honours in Esher feature

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Look Around put up a game performance from the front to take the Listed spoils in the British Stallion Studs EBF Star Stakes at Sandown.

Smartly away, the Andrew Balding-trained filly had the run of the race after jockey Oisin Murphy moved her across to the far rail from her wide draw to get the lead.

La Pelosa, the 8-11 favourite, looked a big threat in the straight, but Look Around (8-1) found extra to pull away close home and win by a length and a quarter from Ajrar. La Pelosa was just a short head behind in third.

Balding said: “She did it nicely. She’s always looked a nice filly at home. It was pleasing and she’ll go on.

“She’s a nice type physically and an exciting filly to have in the yard.

“We’ll hold off on the plans for the time being.”

Jackfinbar could be heading back to France in search of valuable breeding premiums after springing a 25-1 surprise in the Sri Lanka The Wonder Of Asia Handicap.

Jim Crowley made all on the outsider of five to take the £18,000 first prize for trainer Harry Dunlop, who felt punters had ignored the colt’s fine effort at Compiegne on his previous start.

“I’m delighted with his win. He’s a lovely horse. He ran a super race last time in France. He was just beaten a nostril in a very valuable conditions’ race,” said Dunlop.

“I think people may have overlooked that in view of his price.

“He’s a horse that’s going forward and we will just have to see if he stays as a handicapper or if they push us into Pattern company.

“He’s very much going the right way and he’s a French-bred as well, so fingers crossed we can go over there and win some more prize money and some premiums for the rest of the year.”

Josephine Gordon enjoyed her first success since returning from injury when making virtually all on Arigato (3-1) in the Amazing Sri Lanka Handicap.

The 2016 champion apprentice, who broke a bone in her left hand in a stalls’ incident at Ayr last month, dictated affairs on the three-year-old, trained by William Jarvis, and Arigato kept up the gallop to come home six lengths clear of Running Cloud.

Jazeel (11-4 favourite) stepped up on previous efforts to register his first success of 2018 in the Sri Lanka Paradise Island Handicap.

Mick Channon’s charge made smooth progress from the rear to lead a furlong out and score by two lengths from the staying-on You’re Hired under Andrea Atzeni.

Look Around is Sandown Star for Andrew Balding
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