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  • 14:05 Coral Charge 5f 6y

  • (group 3) £65,000 added 3yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 0.17s
  • Off time: 14:05:35

Ialysos Strikes Sandown Gold

By Tom Peacock, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 04/07/09 5:54pm

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Ialysos edges a thriller.

Ialysos edges a thriller.

Luca Cumani admitted he is still on a learning curve with Ialysos after his exciting sprinter bounced back from Royal Ascot disappointment.

Ialysos had already earned the moniker 'The Greek Freak' after winning his first British start at Haydock and took his impressive career record to eight from nine in Sandown's Group Three Coral Charge.

Cumani was not downhearted with the five-year-old's 12th place in the Golden Jubilee and a reasonably comfortable half-length defeat of Triple Aspect was a return to the form which saw him bully his rivals into submission on seven occasions at Markopoulou racecourse near Athens.

The 13-8 favourite Triple Aspect made fine progress down the outside in the closing stages but as soon as Christophe Lemaire extricated Ialysos (9-2) from a spot of bother on the far rail, he stamped his authority on proceedings.

"He had an excuse last time, the ground was over-watered at Ascot and he has done all his running in Greece on fast sand," said Cumani.

"William Buick said the ground was too loose at Ascot. It was a sounder surface today and a better result.

"He always looked like a nice horse but neither Greek form or sprinters are my particular territory - it's all Greek to me!

"He'll go for the Nunthorpe. I'd think he'd have too much weight for the Stewards' Cup."

Lemaire, Cumani and the Marinopoulos family later picked up a second winner through Acrostic (7-1) in the Coral Challenge Heritage Handicap.

When Lemaire got the chestnut straight, he was able to foil the front-running Crackdown by a head.

Cumani added: "We ran him at York over nine furlongs to see if he was a Magnet Cup horse, but he did not stay so we brought him back and this was a good alternative.

"It will be more of the big mile handicaps for him now."

Totesport trimmed him to 7-1 from 12s for the totesport Mile at Glorious Goodwood.

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