The Jam Man doubles up in sweet success for McNally
The Jam Man made it two wins in a week as he followed up his headline-grabbing victory at Southwell on Monday with further success at Cartmel yesterday.
The six-year-old landed a gamble in Nottinghamshire six days ago, being backed into 9/4 favourite before strolling home by seven lengths for Armagh trainer Ronan McNally.
Following that race, McNally said he began to feel "like a criminal" as stewards interviewed him over riding instructions and the vastly-improved form of The Jam Man, but he was eager to put the incident behind him following the gelding's latest verdict.
Racing under a 7lb penalty, The Jam Man made short work of his six rivals in the Cumbria Grand Hotel At Grange Handicap Chase, coming home eight lengths clear.
"I don't think the track suited him, but the handicapper put me up 16lb from the last day so I had to run him, he should be out eating grass really," McNally told Racing TV.
"It's been perfect (today). I've been greeted by the staff at Cartmel brilliantly. The last day is water under the bridge, all forgot about. There's no hassle there, people have a job to do so we just move on and look forward.
"For good measure, the handicapper has given me it (penalty) over hurdles for the last day, so I have him in over hurdles at the end of the week and it just depends how he comes out (of this).
"He might have to go there too, but if he doesn't he'll go to the grass."
Meanwhile, Nico de Boinville was seen to good effect as Brave Eagle defied top weight to land the bet365 Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in a thrilling finish.
Killaro Boy had cruised to the front under Liam Heard, but Brave Eagle (5/1) emerged to jump the last alongside him.
On the run to the line, Killaro Boy appeared to have pulled out enough to claim the near £40,000 first prize, but Nicky Henderson's chaser found one last effort to win by a nose.
"He's always acted like a horse who would be suited by the step up in trip," De Boinville remarked. "He's a real battler - you know if you get into a battle, you'll come out on top.
"I thought it was very close, but I didn't know we'd won it. It's nice to pick up a prize like this midsummer."
In France, Frankie Dettori's golden summer continued apace when a daring run up the rail gained Coronet a first Group One success in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
The grey mare was beaten a nose in the race 12 months ago by Waldgeist and had continued to perform to a high standard without getting her head in front.
One of two John Gosden-trained runners in the race, Dettori preferred Coronet to Lah Ti Dar and his judgement proved correct - but only just.
It was Ziyad, one of two runners for the home team in the seven-strong field, which took them along and deep inside the final furlong he was still in front.
Ryan Moore was challenging on Ziyad's outside on Lah Ti Dar, while Dettori had spied a gap up the far rail on Coronet.
With just strides to go, Coronet poked her nose in front with Ziyad just holding off Lah Ti Dar for second.