Sport Horse Racing

Monday 23 April 2018

Hannon and Moore on song

Zurigha ridden by Ryan Moore wins at Kempton
Zurigha ridden by Ryan Moore wins at Kempton

Richard Hannon could send Zurigha overseas in pursuit of greater riches after she showed a touch of quality to win the Betfred Mobile Lotto Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes at Kempton.

Fourth in the French 1,000 Guineas last season, the 10/11 favourite was wisely guided to victory by the on-song Ryan Moore, who recorded a significant treble on the card.

Zurigha was never too far off the speed as Senafe took the field along at a lackadaisical gallop, but Moore went for the jugular just before the one-furlong pole.

Hannon said: "That's her second Listed win and I think she'll win a Group race, although we might have to go abroad to get that."

Hannon then sent out his first winner for the Queen when Sea Shanty landed the Betfred Mobile Handicap.

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Oisin Murphy further illustrated his gifts at Kempton with an astute ride from the front aboard Zampa Manos in the Betfred Conditions Stakes.

A strong line-up had been lured for this one-mile assignment, but Andrew Balding's 22/1 outsider prevailed. This was largely down to Murphy, who kept Snow Trouble at bay by a short head. Zampa Manos means "hand-muncher" in Spanish, with owner Nick Watts saying: "The horse developed a reputation for biting the hands of people that go near him.''

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Streams Of Whiskey came up trumps after a grandstand finish to the totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Handicap Chase at Haydock.

Hollow Blue Sky had looked the likely winner after a crisp leap at the last, but the race altered dramatically in the final 200 yards. Forest Walker was firstly bustled into the lead for the Dan Skelton operation, but he was outmuscled by half a length by Streams Of Whiskey, trained in Cumbria by the in-form handler Nicky Richards.

Jockey Danny Cook was taken to Whiston Hospital, in Merseyside, for X-rays on a suspected broken collarbone after he fell from Tiptoeaway in a nasty incident. Maurice Linehan's strength in the saddle helped Carlton Jack (9/1) get home first in the £3 Million totescoop6 Today Handicap Hurdle.

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ALKASSER continued the blistering start to the season for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen with an impressive success in the six-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Cork.

Available at 9/2 in the morning and backed on course from 3/1 into 5/2, Alkasser had six lengths to spare over Champagne Or Water.

"He's a fine big, strong horse and is from the family of Dandy Man,'' Kris Weld said.

Dylan Hogan was taken to hospital for X-rays on his collarbone after a fall from Stingy Jack.

Weld and Smullen had a double on the card when Nonchalant (4/1) denied odds-on favourite Kerkini in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Focus On Venice then initiated a double for Jim Bolger after a ten-month lay-off.

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