In-form Fayez finds more success at Ripon

First success at 10 furlongs opens more doors

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Fayez is quickly developing a reputation as a Ripon specialist and followed up his win at the track last month with a clear-cut success in the Weatherbys TBA Handicap.

In the form of his life at the moment, David O’Meara’s five-year-old finished third at the North Yorkshire venue to the promising New Graduate in April over a mile, before winning over nine furlongs.

Sent off at 13-2 for a competitive 10-runner race, Fayez was settled at the rear by Shane Gray and quickened smartly to sweep down the outside and win going away, by a length and a half from Just Hiss.

O’Meara was full of praise for Gray and explained he had doubts about the 10-furlong trip.

“He seems to be improving and Shane gets on very well with him,” said O’Meara.

“He’s very good on horses that need a patient ride – this horse fits the bill and and he clearly goes well here.

“The race he finished third in was full of winners and he won last time out so we’re delighted.

“I wasn’t sure about the trip beforehand, but he got that well and we’ve more options now.”

Mark Johnston’s Praxeology opened his account at the third time of asking in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

Placed on his first two outings, he was sent off the 5-4 favourite under Franny Norton, who was replacing the injured Joe Fanning.

Norton said: “At one point I thought Paul (Hanagan on Istanbul) was going a bit better than me, but the further we went I felt a bit more confident.

“Stepping him up in trip made a difference and he was an experienced horse against inexperienced horses – that’s a big thing on this track.”

Norton doubled up when Simon Crisford’s Maamora finally broke his duck in the CWMT Mental Wellbeing Maiden Stakes.

Runner-up on his last three outings, he justified 4-5 favouritism from the running-on New Arrangement, who lost all chance with a tardy start.

Nicola Currie continues to bang in the winners and impressed on Mick Channon’s Patchouli (5-1) in the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Handicap.

Slowly away, she came through to pip Neileta by a neck.

“I think she’s done that nicely. She was unlucky the last day, so the main aim was to get a clear run,” said Currie.

“We went a good gallop, we had something to aim at and we got a lovely clear run. She wasn’t the quickest away, but as they went a good gallop we could just slot in.

“Now she’s got her head in front again hopefully she’ll go on from this.”

There was good late money for Ian Williams’ Speed Company in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap and it was well placed as he ran out a ready winner.

Having opened at 9-1 he was backed into 11-2, although his supporters had a minor scare when he missed the break.

But former champion Paul Hanagan always looked to be happy enough, and came down the centre of the track to win by a length and a half.

“He won that well. We didn’t go quick, but I fell out of the gate so I had to adopt Plan B as I wanted to be handier.

“He travelled really well. That’s the first time he’s won over a mile and a half, so I was quite keen to fill him up, but he picked up well when I asked him to.”

Magical Spirit justified 2-1 favouritism for Kevin Ryan and Andrew Mullen in the VML Jan Norton Happy Birthday Handicap.

In-form Fayez finds more success at Ripon
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