Wednesday 28 September 2016

Don't Touch ups the ante in impressive Ripon turn

Nick Robson

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Fahey: Another big Saturday
Fahey: Another big Saturday

Don't Touch was given a 14/1 quote by the sponsors for the Ayr Gold Cup after enhancing his reputation in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon.

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The promising three-year-old stretched his unbeaten run to four in the £70,000 handicap and connections now have their eyes on an even bigger prize with more than £100,000 on offer to win the winner of Scotland's richest race.

Unraced at two, the Richard Fahey-trained youngster had to overcome statistics which suggested the competitive sprint is very hard for one so young to win. Sent off the 4/1 favourite, Tony Hamilton had him buried on the near side as Kimberella went for home under Adrian Nicholls.

On the far side Poyle Vinnie and Eccleston were to the fore, but it soon became apparent they were some way behind and Kimberella was a long way clear. Don't Touch found another gear close home, though, to prevail by a head, with Tatlisu third and Eccleston fourth.

Fahey was also on the mark with winners at Newmarket and Doncaster on what was another big Saturday for the Malton handler. The draw did not play such a major part in the consolation William Hill Silver Trophy with a photo needed to split Shipyard and Nameitwhatyoulike, which were separated by the width of the track. Nameitwhatyoulike tacked over to the far side from stall 10 under Paul Mulrennan and attempted to make every yard of the running, but Ben Curtis was aware to the danger and made sure Shipyard did not give him too much rope.

There was nothing in it as the pair crossed the line together, but the 17/2 chance, formerly trained in Ireland by Andy Oliver, won by a head.

Ann Duffield won the Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes for the third time in five years with Silhuette (11/4).

Following on from fellow fillies Jessie's Spirit (2011) and Dark Reckoning last year, the daughter of Canford Cliffs' task was made much easier as the odds-on favourite Eqleem failed to act on the track.

Polar Forest was a shock 22/1 winner of the competitive attheraces.com Handicap for Richard Guest.

Flying Pursuit (3/1) got off the mark at the sixth time of asking in the CHS Vehicles Maiden Auction Stake.

Tim Easterby's son of Pastoral Pursuits had earned a rating of 69 after a string of decent efforts but resisted the lure of a nursery to have another go in a maiden and the decision paid off. "He's from a really nice family and it's nice to get a win with him. He'll stay further." said Easterby.

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