Sea Shanty scores at Sandown

Last Updated: 14/06/14 5:44pm

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Sea Shanty and Richard Hughes just deny Tanseeb in a thrilling finish at Sandown.

Sea Shanty and Richard Hughes just deny Tanseeb in a thrilling finish at Sandown.

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A review of the rest of the action from Sandown, where Richard Hughes steered home a winner for The Queen.

Richard Hughes pulled out all the stops to raise the possibility of a second runner for the Queen at Royal Ascot next week, alongside the Gold Cup bid of Estimate.

Sea Shanty (5/1) is engaged in the Royal Hunt Cup, and Hughes managed to extricate the Richard Hannon-trained gelding from trouble and get him into top gear in the Betfred "Double Delight" Handicap.

It was a close-run thing at the line, as Tanseeb was a short-head behind.

Hannon said: "It was John Warren's idea (the Queen's racing manager) as he gets a 5lb penalty which should help him sneak into the bottom of the weights for the Hunt Cup."

Warren said: "It's not our usual style to run them back quickly, but if the Queen approves we might well run. We'll see how the horse comes out of it."

Sea Shanty remains unchanged at 20/1 with Sky Bet to win next Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup.

Late booking George Baker ensured Brian Meehan's Agent Murphy (9/1) defended his unbeaten record in the Betfred "Come On England" Handicap at Sandown.

Martin Lane had been unable to make it to the Esher track and it was lucky Baker was on his game, as he produced a strong ride up the stands rail to thwart the strong late challenge of Torchlighter by a head.

"He made his debut at Bath, which is a very different track to this," said Meehan.

"We were quite confident today as he's a nice, progressive horse who should get a bit further.

"I'll have to talk to the owners, but he'll have to step up now and there could be a race for him at the July meeting. He's a really nice horse."

Richard Hughes pulled out all the stops to raise the possibility of another runner for the Queen at Royal Ascot next week.

Sea Shanty (5/1) is engaged in the Royal Hunt Cup, and Hughes managed to extricate the Richard Hannon-trained gelding from trouble and get him into top gear in the Betfred "Double Delight" Handicap.

It was a close-run thing at the line, as Tanseeb was a short-head behind.

Hannon said: "It was John Warren's idea (the Queen's racing manager) as he gets a 5lb penalty which should help him sneak into the bottom of the weights for the Hunt Cup."

Warren said: "It's not our usual style to run them back quickly, but if the Queen approves we might well run. We'll see how the horse comes out of it."

Sea Shanty remains unchanged at 20/1 with Sky Bet to win next Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup.

Tagula Night (5/1) was given what sounded a giant roar from Sandown punters when finishing well under Ryan Moore in the Betfred "Your World Cup Bookmaker" Handicap.

Trainer Dean Ivory explained the eight-year-old is a complicated character, but not without ability.

"I'm not surprised people backed him as he was unlucky to be second at Nottingham last time," he said.

"I brought him back quick as he loves this track. He's like a grumpy old man. He'd rather be at home in the paddock than coming racing and he only does what he wants to do. You've just got to ask him nicely."

Moore again proved the punters' pal on Mark Usher's 3/1 favourite Spice Fair in the Betfred "World Cup In Play" Handicap.

Charlie Hills would have been disappointed Captain Bob (5/1) was only second at Chester but the gelding was back on song in the totepool.com Handicap.

James Doyle helped the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kings Fete (4/1) to hit the back of the net in the Betfred "England Expects" EBF Maiden Stakes.

 
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