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Press Family Raceday: Photo-finish to Listed Garrowby Stakes
A FLARE of a nostril robbed Pocklington tyre magnate Reg Bond of another special York Racecourse moment.
Ladies Are Forever, twice a Group winner on Knavesmire, was pipped on the line in the Listed Garrowby Stakes – the feature contest of The Press Family Raceday.
The tough five-year-old battled out one of the closest finishes seen on the York track for many years, a photo being needed to split her, Mince and Hallelujah (7-1).
It was the latter, giving jockey Hayley Turner her first big prize since returning from a broken ankle, who got the verdict by the narrowest of margins and left Bond an unlucky loser.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t win it,” said Bond of the efforts of his admirable mare, who is trained at Brawby by Geoff Oldroyd.
“She gives you everything and she owes me nothing. It was so close. We will race her next year now and she will continue to go to the great events. She has been going a long time but she is a great horse.”
Letters might have been the inspiration for trainer David Barron’s Alphabet Rap, but the Thirsk handler was left counting some big numbers after the juvenile won the Minster Alarms EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
The two-year-old (13-2) not only bagged the lion’s share of the £11,500 prize pool, but also landed a £10,000 bonus after being eligible for the Racing Post’s Yearling Bonus Scheme.
Alphabet Rap, named after one of the songs Barron’s granddaughter Sienna sings at school, stormed through on the outside to record a half-length victory over Rough Corte.
Barron said of the juvenile, who is owned by his daughter Nick: “He’s a nice horse and he ran well first time out at Beverley (when he finished third).
“We’ve just been trying to look for the bonus race and it turned into a very good contest.
“We will have to see how he comes out of it before deciding where to go next. I’ll ask the boss.”
Malton trainer Richard Fahey didn’t record a single winner during the Ebor Festival, but the Musley Bank handler gave jockey Paul Hanagan a great 33rd birthday present when Cosmic Halo won the Coopers Marquees Stakes.
The 33-1 shot swooped late to beat Fragonard by three-quarters of a length and gave Fahey his seventh York winner of the season.
“He won it well and it’s a nice birthday present,” said Hanagan.
“They went very quickly up front and the plan was to sit handily. But they went so quickly it was plan ‘B’ then.”
In a Family Raceday where North Yorkshire trainers again dominated, Tadcaster’s Tom Tate also got on the scoresheet when Eagle Rock (8-1) held off Flashman by a neck in the Castles UK Educational and Residential Furniture Stakes.
“He’s been kicking all week and he is a tough little horse,” the trainer said. “The Cesarewitch is what he wants and he is such a hardy beast that he needs his racing.”
Norton trainer Brian Ellison’s Montefeltro won the closing race, The Future Cleaning Services Aprentice Handicap, by one and a half lengths as a 7-1 shot.
2.00 Remember 7-2
2.30 Alphabet Rap 13-2
3.00 Hallelujah 7-1
3.35 Cosmic Halo 33-1
4.05 Eagle Rock 8-1
4.40 Lancelot Du Lac 3-1 fav
5.10 Montefeltro 7-1
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