Amateurs' Derby repeat for C'Est No Mour and Simon Walker

Formidable partnership strike again at Epsom

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History repeated itself as C’Est No Mour turned the clock back to end his losing streak stretching back almost two years when gaining a second victory in the Amateurs’ Derby at Epsom.

Having claimed the mile-and-a-half handicap in 2017, the six-year-old gelding repeated the trick to gain his first success since winning the Jump Jockeys’ Derby over course and distance in September of the same year.

Again partnered by Simon Walker, the Peter Hedger-trained 5-2 shot – who was third 12 months ago – had just enough up his sleeve to repel the late charge of favourite Allegiant by half a length.

Winning the race for the third time, Walker said: “The visor has definitely helped him, he hasn’t been doing it, but he travelled round all the way.

“He was never going to get beat, even though he was pulling up in front. You couldn’t have asked for more.

“It’s great – it’s the race you want to be in, as it is the biggest race for amateurs. It is good to get a ride in it and you want one with a chance and luckily this horse came back this year.”

C’Est No Mour will now attempt to repeat his 2017 double reunited with Leighton Aspell for the jump jockeys’ equivalent on September 12.

Hedger said: “It will be the Jump Jockeys’ Derby next. Leighton Aspell will be on him as he rode him before. He is my old faithful. He has always tried riding me for the last 20 years.

“We haven’t got any jumpers now, so the only ride I can give him is one round here.”

The ‘wrong’ silks failed to stop Sonja Henie making it two victories from three starts since joining David Loughnane, giving the trainer his first winner at the track in the Poundland Family Favourites Handicap.

Loughnane said “The owner, Mr Sohi, is in partnership with some horses with Middleham Park so that is the closest connection we could find, thankfully there was no bad luck.

“The trainer was left in charge for the day to organise things and he left it (colour bag) at home.”

On the 2-1 winner, he added: “We bought her at the July sale (Tattersalls) out of Marco Botti’s. We went there with a few to buy and we didn’t get any of them.

“It was the end of the sale and I was pulling my hair out. She popped up and we thought we’ll have a crack and we are reaping the rewards. There is plenty more to come from her.”

Harry Bentley reached the half-century mark for the season thanks to the Paul Midgley-trained Merry Banter (9-2) in the Poundland Doggy Dash Handicap.

There was further joy for the Group One-winning rider later on the card, as the Ralph Beckett-trained Victory Chime (2-1) obliged by a length and three-quarters in the Poundland Summer Blow Out Handicap.

Bentley said: “Things are going really well and I’m happy with the season so far. The season is going really well, but as a jockey you always want more.”

Leading Cambridgeshire contender Setting Sail (4-6) gained compensation for a couple of near misses when seeing off Crossed Baton by four and a half lengths in the Walter Nightingall Conditions Stakes.

Rider William Buick said of the Charlie Appleby-trained winner: “He did that well, as expected. He is progressive and I think he will only keep improving.

“He would have no problem with the drop back in trip (Cambridgeshire), but I don’t know what the plan is.”

Amateurs' Derby repeat for C'Est No Mour and Simon Walker
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