Golden Graham stars at Lingfield
Thursday 1 November 2012
Graham Lee continued an excellent first season since switching from jumps to the Flat with a Listed success on Sentaril in the EBF Normandie Stud Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield.
He brought the William Haggas-trained filly (100-30) wide into the straight from the rear before weaving his way through the pack to beat Burke's Rock by a head for his 84th winner of the campaign.
"It always looked like she wanted further. We didn't really believe that she did, but this was her first time over a mile and she did it well," said Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant of the Newmarket handler.
"Graham gave her a lovely ride and got her nice and relaxed. It was quite a messy race, but she stuck her head down and got on with it. I would think we'll call it a day, but I'll have to speak to William. She stays in training next year."
Lee went close to completing a Listed-race double on Aniseed when the Haggas-trained filly was beaten a neck and a nose by Tempest Fugit (16-1) and Rumh in the EBF Dual Classic Winning Sire Cockney Rebel River Eden Fillies' Stakes.
Paul Hanagan, stood down after a fall at the track just 24 hours earlier, bounced back with victory on Haamaat for his boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Handicap.
The two-times champion jockey, who will relinquish his title to Richard Hughes later this month, always had Haggas' filly well placed and drove the 5-1 favourite out to hold Elusive Flame by a neck.
Godolphin's Mrs Bannock (5-1), trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, made an emphatic winning debut under Mickael Barzalona in division one of the EBF Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes. Shy Bride (25-1) stepped up on her two previous runs to take division two for trainer Alan Jarvis and jockey Robert Winston.
Silvestre de Sousa struck on 13-8 favourite Layali Dubai for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor in the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel Handicap.
Jimmy Fortune brought the Sir Michael Stoute-trained newcomer Chengho (25-1) with a rattling late run to win the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.