Royston Ffrench back on target about Almargo

Last Updated: 23/08/14 6:55pm

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Almargo (far left) comes out on top in the 32Red Handicap

Almargo (far left) comes out on top in the 32Red Handicap

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Royston Ffrench is attempting to emerge from a quiet period and picked up his biggest winner of the season in the 32Red Handicap.

The jockey has been thrown a lifeline by Mark Johnston, and his colt Almargo (16-1) made all the running.

While many started to get going a bit too late, Almargo was in the right place on the far rail and held on by two lengths from Rene Mathis.

"Royston was in a bit of a rut, he had a lot of rides without winning for us but he's back on song like he was a few years ago," said Johnston.

Ffrench said: "It's nice to be back on the team. I'll be back to Dubai in a month and a half, and it's great to have a winner at Goodwood. You take a soft lead here if you can get one, and he's a tough horse."

James Doyle earned praise after partnering Flashy Diva (4-1) to victory in the Doom Bar Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Bronwyn Foxon, trainer Henry Candy's racing secretary said: "She was third last time and the word from home had been good. James has given her a peach of a ride."

Ned Curtis carried out a good job on Balmoral Castle (11-2) in the Oldham Seals 50th Anniversary Handicap while Tall Ship (3-1) sailed home in the Chichester Observer Handicap.


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