Muftarres just swell by the seaside
Last Updated: 21/08/13 10:18am
Yarmouth: Happy hunting ground for Muftarres
Muftarres enjoyed the seaside air for a second time in a week when obliging in the BBC Norfolk Handicap at Yarmouth.
The Frank Sheridan-trained eight-year-old had won on his first visit there just six days earlier and repeated the trick over the same seven furlongs.
Laura Pike tracked the pace-setting Jonnie Skull on the near rail before sending Mutfarres (4-1) into the lead - though they only hung on by a neck from the late-finishing Brocklebank.
"He was running off a career-high (mark) and I wasn't quite sure how he'd cope with the weight, carrying a 6lb penalty, but he's done it really nicely again," said Pike.
"The plan was to track the leader and nothing blocked me in so I got a nice lead off it.
"He got a bit tired at the last bit, but he just held on."
However, there was a sting in the tail for the 5lb claimer as she was given a four-day ban (September 3-6) for hitting the horse in the wrong place.
Araqella (11-10) made a pleasing, though late, debut when comprehensively beating two experienced rivals in the BBC Radio Norfolk Maiden Stakes.
The three-year-old full-sister to 2009 Prix du Moulin winner Aqlaam had little trouble in beating Hi Filwah by two lengths in the hands of Ryan Moore.
"She stayed on and the last furlong was her best," trainer William Haggas told At The Races.
"We've had quite a few from the family and she's taken quite a time to come to hand."
Julia Feilden came out of a 47-day lean spell when Honeymoon Express (10-1) took the Greene King Festival 17th-19th September Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The Mujadil filly, partnered by the trainer's daughter, 7lb claimer Shelley Birkett, made all of the running to score by three-quarters of a length from Rock Up, with the odds-on Superboot only third.
"We thought we were running for second and we've going through a quiet spell the last couple of weeks," said the Newmarket handler.
"We were a bit worried because they have been running a bit flat and a few of their bloods haven't been right.
"Her blood was fine so we thought the cheekpieces would sharpen her up."
Green Monkey gave trainer James Fanshawe his seventh winner from his last eight runners when bounding home in the Online Discounted firstname.lastname@example.org Handicap.
Shane Kelly made his move on the 7-4 joint-favourite a furlong out and was soon in front as Green Monkey swept to a one-length verdict over Irish Boy.
Ed Vaughan's Kelvingrove (8-11 favourite) landed the odds with a 16-length romp in the four-runner Your Wedding at Great Yarmouth Racecourse Maiden Handicap under Freddie Tylicki.
John Berry's Gift Of Silence (4-1) stuck on well for Jamie Spencer to hold Emerald Sea by a neck in the Royal Marines Association - "Supporting Our Wounded" Maiden Handicap.
The Ed Walker-trained Duke Of Destiny (6-1) gave Bradley Bosley his first ever winner when lifting the arenaracingcompany.co.uk Apprentice Training Series Handicap.