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  • 15:40 Sky Bet Dash Handicap6f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £32,345 2nd £9,625 3rd £4,810 4th £2,405
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 12.49s
  • Off time: 15:40:44

Hoof It dashes home

Gamble landed on Knavesmire

Last Updated: 23/07/11 6:03pm

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Hoof It (right): York winner

Hoof It (right): York winner

Mick Easterby's Hoof It was a well-backed winner of the Sky Bet Dash at York on Saturday under Kieren Fallon.

The York crowd sent off the Lee Westwood-owned horse off a 3-1 favourite and backers barely had a moment of anxiety as the former champion jockey threaded his way through on the far side.

The four-year-old won by a cosy three-quarters-of-a-length from Tajneed (25-1) with Ginger Ted (20-1) third. Fathsta was fourth at 7-1.

He left joint-owner Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler was left celebrating for the second successive weekend after Hoof It gave weight and a beating to his rivals in the Sky Bet Dash at York.

Chandler is managing director of International Sports Management, a company thrust into the spotlight over the last 12 months due to the success of its clients in the golfing world.

The likes of Masters champion Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and last weekend's emotional British Open hero Darren Clarke all call on Chandler to look after their affairs, and he partied long into the night after the latter's success at Royal St George's on Sunday.

Joint-Owners

Owned jointly by Chandler and Westwood, the Mick Easterby-trained Hoof It was bidding for his third victory on the Knavesmire, and on something of a recovery of mission following a disappointing effort in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Chandler said: "Lee is in the gym today as he's going to America next week and he didn't want to disrupt his routine. We have to remember they're golfers at the end of the day.

"This is a great horse. I just want to know why he doesn't run more often - I love it!

"You get quite a buzz when your horse is favourite and there's 40,000 people cheering it on. He's going to Goodwood next week and hopefully Lee will be there for that.

"This is the only hobby Lee has got and it's probably my only hobby as well.

"It's been a hell of a couple of weeks but we won't be celebrating quite as much as last week. I'm driving, anyway.

"Mick is talking about going to Doncaster after Goodwood, but I wouldn't mind a trip to the Breeders' Cup.''

Delighted Easterby

A delighted Easterby added: "He's a hell of a horse. Chubby first got into racing when we tipped him a horse in a selling hurdle at Wetherby a few years ago.

"I told him I wouldn't mind training one in his colours and here we are.

"He'll go to Goodwood next week and the race I'd like to run him after that is the Portland at Doncaster. It's over five and a half furlongs and that would suit him down to the ground."

The winner has been promoted to 6-1 favourite (from 10s) by Sky Bet for the Stewards' Cup in just seven days' time at Glorious Goodwood.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'Hoof It's future lies in Group races but the Sky Bet Dash winner may have the class to give weight away again in the Stewards' Cup if two quick runs in a week don't catch up with him.'

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