Clark and Raffles re-discover winning knack

Jockey’s switch to Chapple-Hyam yard pays off instantly

  • Saturday 03 August
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Tim Clark rode his first winner since March as Stamford Raffles ended his losing run too in Newmarket’s Crown At Stowupland Handicap.

Clark steered the six-year-old to his first victory since February in the mile-and-a-half contest – completing a double for Jane Chapple-Hyam, who had earlier taken the feature Listed prize with Love So Deep.

Travelling powerfully throughout, the 11-1 shot hit the front inside the final two furlongs before maintaining his gallop all the way to the line to score by two lengths from Fairy Tale.

Clark said: “It was my first ride for Jane, and I’ve been at her yard for about two weeks now. I’m very grateful for her giving me the ride, and I have another one for her on Monday, so I hope it continues to go well.

“I was at John Butler’s and I fancied a change. I spoke to Jane and I thought it would be a good move -and thankfully it has paid off.

“She has been very kind and helpful, and she said she would help me out in every way she can. I will try and get going again and pick up what I can. I need 11 to lose the claim, and it would be nice to do that by the end of the year.”

Eve Johnson Houghton was only too happy to share the honours after Graceful Magic (12-1) dead-heated with the Mark Johnston-trained Rose Of Kildare (4-1) in the European Bloodstock News British EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap.

The Didcot trainer said: “I knew it was close and I thought she was second walking down, but then someone said that on the betting exchanges they thought she had won – and (jockey) Charlie (Bishop) thought he had won.

“She didn’t come on the bridle until she got in trouble, then she really flew home.

“We have been a bit short of winners, so any winner will do (and) I will take a dead-heat.”

Rose Of Kildare’s jockey William Buick was also relieved to hear the dead-heat called.

He said: “I thought she had won, because she stuck her neck out well.

“But it took a long time to call, and you start to get a bad feeling, so when they called the dead-heat that was good.

“She ran in the Chesham at Ascot, so they obviously thought a bit of her. That didn’t go to plan – but she was on track today.

Classic winning rider Colm O’Donoghue celebrated his first winner in the silks of the Queen, partnering the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Clarion to success by a length and three quarters in the British EBF Maritime Cargo Fillies’ Handicap.

O’Donoghue said: “It is a great privilege to ride for Her Majesty, because she has a massive influence on the whole racing industry.

“There is so much racing over here at the weekend, and it is good for my career to be seen riding for Sir Michael Stoute – and riding winners for him is a bonus.

Connections of the daughter of Dubawi hope she can keep on progressing after opening her account at the fourth attempt.

John Warren, racing manager to the Queen, said: “It is fair to say she was very unfortunate on her last start- because she fell out the stalls, and it was a non-event.

“We thought she was a nice, progressive filly – and she has had the opportunity to prove that.

“She is just starting to come of age. She promises to get a bit further, but we are happy to keep her at this trip.”

Clark and Raffles re-discover winning knack
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