A day for the ladies at Warwick’s Alternative Ascot

Lambourn trainer Jo Hughes notched up another success at Warwick yesterday (Thursday) when 20-1 shot Lady Chantilly took the day’s most valuable race in the hands of Cathy Gannon.
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Cathy Gannon

Inspiriter had been well fancied to land the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor, but she swerved on leaving the stalls and proved a handful throughout the race, even when having the stands rail to keep her straight.

This left the way clear for Lady Chantilly to make her first racecourse appearance a winning one and give Hughes another winner after the success of Josie’s Dream at the previous meeting.

Italian Riviera was a short-priced market leader to take the day’s longest race over one mile and seven furlongs, but needed to defy a 6lb rise in the weights for his recent Lingfield Park win.

After stumbling and losing momentum going up the hill, Italian Riviera never looked like scoring, finishing 19 lengths behind Wild Desert, who went clear from two furlongs out to complete a riding double for Gannon.

Favourite Mysterial, who looked a difficult ride when breaking his duck here in April, was allowed to bowl along in front in the opening TurfTV Claiming Stakes and, with no horse coming to challenge, he had the race very much to himself, easily beating Newton Lodge and Light From Mars.

After the race, Mysterial was claimed for £12,000 by Steve Barker and will go to the Yorkshire stable of Ruth Carr.

Just four went to post for the Rewards4Racing.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes and there was another warm favourite in Celestial Bay, who went off at 8-11.

She got there in the end but jockey George Baker had to work hard to wear down Hand Grenade, who had taken the lead coming into the straight and fought Celestial Bay all the way to the line.

There was little between the two at the head of the marker for the Evans Derry Solicitors Thoroughbred Legal Advice Handicap with Blessing Box just preferred to Bosham to give Baker a double.

But neither could land a blow as Roland and Neil Callan made all the running to score comfortably at 22-1 and help refill the bookies’ satchels.

Ten set out for the Dine In The 1707 Restaurant Handicap over seven furlongs and there was just a neck separating the first two at the line with 11-4 favourite See The Storm, trained near Alvechurch by Ian Williams, getting the better of Kakapuka from Anabel Murphy’s Wilmcote yard.

Supa Seeker and Aiden Blakemore took the seventh and final race for apprentices.

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