Yarmouth win fuels Queally fires
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Jockey Tom Queally set himself up for one of the biggest races of his career when Mafeteng won at Yarmouth for veteran trainer John Dunlop.
The Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden Handicap could hardly have been at a much lower level compared to Queally's date on Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York, but nothing breeds confidence like success.
Mafeteng's victory by a length and three-quarters over Bohemian Rhapsody was only the sixth of the season for Dunlop - and a first winner for seven years for owner Jane Poulter.
Queally said of the 11-2 shot: "The step up in trip helped. We ran her over shorter at Pontefract and felt a bit further would help. I just had to give her a smack or two to help her keep her concentration. It's nice that she won and the owner got a huge buzz out of it."
Owner Laurence Bellman has been having a fantastic season and saw his colours carried to victory by Ruscello (5-2) in the Grange Hotel Ormesby St Margaret Handicap. Ed Walker's charge, bought from Sir Michael Stoute for 20,000 guineas in April, was winning for the third time since May.
Bellman said: "In the last couple of weeks I've had about six runners and four winners. I was very worried as at the start he was a bit keen, and coming around the bend. I thought they'd gone a bit fast, but I'm so glad.
"Ed has done a great job with this horse, and all the others I've got with him. Faithfilly won at Deauville last week, the first black type winner I've ever had."
Shane Kelly was seen to good effect on the Reg Hollinshead-trained Ambitious Boy in the Pleasurewood Hills Maiden Handicap. Sent off at 10-1, the three-year-old was trying to pull himself up in front, but Kelly had enough in hand to win by a neck from Miakora.
The jockey told At The Races: "The ground was quick enough for him as he's a big horse and he was just on his head a little bit. When I pulled him out at the two I knew he was going to win, but just in the last 100 yards he was just dossing a little bit. It's great to get a win on him."
Another veteran trainer, Clive Brittain, was also on the mark as Silvestre de Sousa made all the running aboard Afkar (7-2) in the Banham Poultry Handicap.