What's happening at Great Yarmouth


Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Miss You Too, sixth in the Epsom Oaks, stole the Greene King backed Eastern Festival honours with a front-running victory in the John Musker Stakes which owed much to jockey Chris Catlin.

Trainer David Simcock was quick to praise Catlin after his filly had collected the £22,000 prize for winning the 10-furlong listed event on the middle day of the three-day festival.

Smartly away, Catlin kept the Rock of Gibraltar filly out in front and at the entrance to the home straight she was still three lengths ahead.

Jabhaat tried to close and favourite Ribbons raced through the field but they could never get in a telling blow and Miss You Too never looked in danger, being returned at the surprising starting price of 20/1.

As always, the Musker Stakes was the highlight of the three days when there were plenty of other exceptional performances.

Training honours went to Newmarket's Chris Wall who had four winners. The penultimate race,worth £7,000 to the winner, completed a double for trainer Wall. On Tuesday William Buick got favourite Gravitational home with ease before Royal Rock under Ted Durcan beat three rivals to win at 11/2 to complete a 16/1 double.

Durcan was in the saddle again on Wednesday when Wall won the fillies' handicap with top weight Oh So Spicy and he completed a fantastic four-timer in the finale on Thursday when Durcan again delivered by steering Rocksilla through to win at 9/2.

Fellow Newmarket trainer William Haggas also had a good meeting with a winner on each day. The smile covering his face told the story after Battalion, under Brazilian born jockey Silvestre de Sousa, galloped four rivals into submission to take the Tuesday feature, the Boodles Diamond Handicap.

An impressive winner at Ripon last time out, Battalion led from early on and ran away with the spoils, none of his rivals able to close the gap on a relentless leader who easily collected the £12,600 winner's prize.

Haggas got day two off to a winning start when Oxsana, at 11/2, took the maiden. Well beaten on debut at the track last month, Oxsana gave jockey Tom Queally success, the rider
having had to give up his mounts the previous day after being kicked while riding work.

Meeting Waters scored at 7/1 for Haggas on Thursday, giving jockey John Fahy his first success at Great Yarmouth.

De Sousa, who rode Battalion, completed a Tuesday double as he had won the opener on Marco Botti's Al Thakhira. Once the jockey pressed the button, the Marco Botti debutant won
easily from Expect, leaving that horse's trainer Jeremy Noseda unable to celebrate his 50th birthday with a victory.

Freddie Tylicki won the Musker in 2012 and the German-born former champion apprentice scored a Festival double. Tuscania won the £7,000 Golden Jubilee Trophy under Tylicki for Lucy Wadham at 16/1 and he completed a near 63/1 double when previous course winner Kelvingrove won at 11/4 for trainer Ed Vaughan.

Montefeltro repeated his impressive recent success at York to capture the feature race on the final day. A winner over a mile and half on the Knavesmire, trainer Brian Ellison's gelding stepped up a further two furlongs to cruise home in the Stanley Threadwell Handicap, worth £12,600 to the winner. Jockey Robert Tart allowed Colinca's Lad to lead but a surge from the 10/11 favourite saw him comfortably home.

Other highlights saw seven-pound claimer Shelley Birkett notch her eighth win of the season at the course when she got The Ducking Stool home for her mother, trainer Julia Feilden, and the Norfolk-based Hoofbeat Racing Club.

The Ducking Stool was winning at the course for the third time and was delivered impressively by Birkett to win at 10/1.

South African trainer Mike de Kock had never had a runner at Great Yarmouth but his newcomer Wednaan, who cost 450,000 Euros, made a winning debut under Pat Cosgrave while Ghaawy, favourite for the Rachael Keatley Memorial Handicap kept punters smiling when leading from start to finish under Paul Hanagan for Sir Michael Stoute.

Given a great ride by Andrew Mullen, 20/1 shot Shelford was a winner for Newark trainer Michael Appleby, the horse having his first run for the yard having previously been with Tony
Carroll and John Oxx in Ireland while Godolphin's Thouwra, under William Buick, won the
Sea-Deer Handicap.

Finally, spare a thought for Baddilini, second on Tuesday to Peace Seeker and then again second in Thursday's finale to Rocksilla.


2.30 — 1 Al Thakhira (S De Sousa) 5-2 Fav, 2 Expect 9-2, 3 Weekend Getaway (IRE) 7-2. 8 ran. Marco Botti.
3.00 — 1 Ghaawy (P Hanagan) 11-8 Fav, 2 Newmarket Warrior (IRE) 7-2, 3 Solidarity 7-2. 5 ran. Sir Michael Stoute.
3.30 — 1 Gravitational (IRE) (W Buick) 11-8 Fav, 2 It Must Be Faith 6-1, 3 Intrinsic 8-1. 8 ran. Chris Wall.
4.00 — 1 Battalion (IRE) (S De Sousa) 9-4 Jt Fav, 2 Thomas Hobson 9-4 Jt Fav, 3 Royal Skies (IRE) 6-1. 5 ran. William Haggas.
4.30 — 1 Shelford (IRE) (A Mullen) 20-1, 2 Mawaakef (IRE) 12-1, 3 Watered Silk 9-1. 8 ran. M Appleby.
5.00 — 1 Royal Rock (T E Durcan) 11-2, 2 Morache Music 11-4, 3 Master Of War 10-11 Fav. 4 ran. Chris Wall.
5.30 — 1 Peace Seeker (William Carson) 7-2 Fav, 2 Baddilini 6-1, 3 First In Command (IRE) 8-1. 9 ran. A Carson.


2.10 — 1 Oxsana (T P Queally) 11-2, 2 Torchlighter (IRE) 16-1, 3 Munaaser 6-4 Fav. 8 ran. William Haggas.
2.40 — 1 Oh So Spicy (T E Durcan) 13-2, 2 Azenzar 9-4 Fav, 3 Ray Of Joy 12-1. 11 ran. Chris Wall.
3.10 — 1 Miss You Too (C Catlin) 20-1, 2 Jabhaat (USA) 16-1, 3 Ribbons 5-2 Fav. 11 ran. David Simcock.
3.45 — 1 Tuscania (F Tylicki) 16-1, 2 Mahican (IRE) 5-2 Fav, 3 Altharoos (IRE) 3-1. 8 ran. Mrs Lucy Wadham.
4.20 — 1 Thouwra (IRE) (W Buick) 9-4 Fav, 2 Buckstay (IRE) 11-2, 3 Joe Sugden 20-1. 10 ran. Saeed bin Suroor.
4.55 — 1 Free Zone (P Hanagan) 10-1, 2 Jiroft (ITY) 16-1, 3 Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 11-4 Fav. 10 ran. Bryan Smart.
5.25 — 1 Kelvingrove (IRE) (F Tylicki) 11-4, 2 Nateeja (IRE) 5-2, 3 Alwilda 15-8 Fav. 4 ran. Ed Vaughan.


2.20 — 1 Wednaan (P Cosgrave) 11-8 Fav, 2 Silver Treasure (FR) 16-1, 3 Al Senad 11-4. 9 ran. Mike De Kock.
2.50 — 1 Mount Logan (IRE) (R L Moore) 5-4 Fav, 2 Istikshaf (IRE) 2-1, 3 Latin Charm (IRE) 16-1. 8 ran. Luca Cumani.
3.20 — 1 Ocean Tempest (B Doyle) 7-4 Fav, 2 Shesastar 11-2, 3 Comrade Bond 12-1. 9 ran. John Ryan.
3.50 — 1 Meeting Waters (J P Fahy) 7-1, 2 Gender Agenda 7-2, 3 Snow Squall 3-1. 6 ran. William Haggas.
4.20 — 1 Montefeltro (Robert Tart) 10-11 Fav, 2 Colinca's Lad (IRE) 8-1, 3 Lyric Street (IRE) 9-4. 5 ran. Brian Ellison.
4.50 — 1 The Ducking Stool (Shelley Birkett) 10-1, 2 Shalwa 6-4 Fav, 3 Nullarbor Sky (IRE) 10-3. 5 ran. Miss Julia Feilden.

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Terry Redhead, Freelance Reporter