Apprentice Rossa Ryan shines at Yarmouth with double

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  • Monday 15 October
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Rossa Ryan may have missed out on being crowned champion apprentice this season but he moved to within two winners of losing his claim after landing a double at Yarmouth.

The 18-year-old got the ball rolling when celebrating his 70th winner of the year aboard the Richard Hannon-trained Ginger Fox in division two of the Injured Jockeys Fund Nursery Handicap.

Ryan said of the 7-2 scorer: “They went a good gallop, but he is not one at home that does a lot. He only ever does what he has to do. He is built like his half-brother, Bullingdon. This lad should be better as a three-year-old.”

Lily Ash (6-1) made it two wins from her last two visits to the course to complete the teenage jockey’s brace, showing a willing attitude to take the Optimist Design Ltd Handicap by three-quarters of a length.

Winning trainer Mike Murphy said: “She is a really game filly and we knew she would keep battling, fair play to Rossa.

“We wanted to be up there in the box seat, but save something for the last furlong, as we know she tries.”

Ryan added: “That’s two left now for my claim, I will just try keep pushing on and try to ride as many winners as I can.

“If I can push for it I’d like to get a 100 winners by the end of the year.”

Aplomb (2-1) confirmed the promise he showed when finishing fifth at Newbury on his debut was no flash in the pan after defeating newcomer Lyndon B by three-quarters of a length in the British EBF Novice Stakes.

Harry Eustace, assistant to trainer William Haggas, said: “He was still a bit green when he hit the front. Once he knuckled down he did well in the end and they pulled well clear.

“He learnt a lot from his first run and I’d possibly say that made the difference.

“I don’t think this ground is essential, it is just what he has been on, although Lope De Vega’s like a bit of cut. I would say he might run again, as he appreciates the ground.”

Owner Craig Buckingham left the Norfolk track in a much brighter mood than the one he arrived in after the Mick Appleby-trained Debatable (7-2) ran out a convincing winner of the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Handicap.

Buckingham said: “We purchased her from the Ascot sales from Godolphin. She is nice and we thought she would win at Catterick last time.

“We didn’t give Silvestre (de Sousa) instructions except to get near the front, as we know she will stay further than a mile and a quarter.”

He added: “I had a phone call this morning telling me one of mine has got a tendon injury and then we go get a winner. That’s the ups and downs of racing.”

Azano spearheaded a one-two for trainer John Gosden when leaving his first-time-out effort well behind in defeating Frederickbarbarosa by five lengths in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

Winning rider Robert Havlin said of the 7-1 chance: “He is still a bit babyish, but he put the race to bed two furlongs out.

“He has got a high cruising speed and galloped through the race strongly. He enjoyed the cut in the ground as well.”

Apprentice Rossa Ryan shines at Yarmouth with double
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