A Momentofmadness set for Epsom after dashing Chester success

Derby Day outing on the agenda

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A Momentofmadness benefited from a furious early gallop to win the Gateley PLC Handicap at Chester.

Despite being drawn in stall one, the Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old could not get the early lead as John Quinn’s El Astronaute pinged the lids and raced into a clear advantage.

William Buick had to rethink his plans and sat behind the leader until the cutaway, when he made his bid for home.

The 11-4 favourite kept up the gallop to beat the fast-finishing Powerallied by a length, to give Hills a second winner of the meeting.

“That was great, he’s much more manageable now as he used to be a bit of a tearaway,” said Hills.

“The plan was to lead, but it seemed everyone else wanted to, so William just waited until the rail opened up – it was a great ride.”

He added: “He’s in the Dash (at Epsom) and his owners would love a runner on Derby day.”

Wedding Date confirmed debut promise with a clear-cut victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Richard Hannon’s filly finished second on her racecourse introduction at Brighton last week and was 15-2 to go one better under champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

The Middleham Park-owned juvenile charted a wide course throughout, but quickened up well in the home straight to score by three lengths from 11-10 favourite Ynys Mon.

De Sousa was completing a double on the card having earlier steered George Scott’s Another Batt to success in the Abbey Logistics Handicap.

Hannon said: “She’s a very nice filly and hasn’t even come in her coat yet, so you’d think there’s more to come.

“Royal Ascot will be on the agenda. She’ll get six furlongs, but is obviously quick enough for five. I don’t know if she’ll run before then.”

Mark Johnston and PJ McDonald combined to land the English Fine Cottons Handicap with top-weight Austrian School.

The 3-1 shot had to shoulder a 6lb penalty for winning at Chelmsford a week ago but displayed a willing attitude to get the better of a thrilling duel with Berkshire Royal by half a length.

Austrian School is a half-brother to last month’s Grand National hero Tiger Roll.

Johnston said: “He was slowly away today, a bit like on his debut, and he was coming back two furlongs in trip, so he just found things happening a bit quick.

“He might be a half-brother to Tiger Roll, but I loved him as a yearling.

“We had to run here as he was 2lb well-in with his penalty and there aren’t any races over a mile and six furlongs for him.”

The Joe Tuite-trained Fast Dancer was an 8-1 winner of the concluding Partner Tech Handicap in the hands of 5lb claimer Finley Marsh.

A Momentofmadness set for Epsom after dashing Chester success
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