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Ryedeale's Tim Easterby leads high fives
3:11pm Wednesday 18th July 2012 in Sport
As reported on the Back Page, Fahey had an amazing four-timer, led by Mayson, who stormed home to win the Group 1 Darley July Cup, worth £256,329, at Newmarket.
Easterby went one better, though, with a five-timer, and that nap hand also included a major success – that of Body And Soul in the Weatherbys Super Sprint, a race the Great Habton trainer had also won with Flanders (1998) and Good Girl (2001).
In providing hard-working and ultra-popular Malton jockey Duran Fentiman, riding at a hollow-cheeked 7st 12lb, with the biggest triumph of his career, Body And Soul confirmed herself a high-class juvenile and justified Easterby’s long-held belief that she was something out of the ordinary.
“She’s always been good, right from day one,” said the trainer of this triple-winner, who was bought as a yearling at Doncaster last autumn for only £7,500.
“Newbury was the plan from the start and the chances are she’ll go to York next month for the big sales race (and another bumper prize).”
York proved special for Easterby last weekend. Following two Knavesmire winners on Friday, courtesy of Bollin Greta and Hazelrigg, both ridden by David Allan, the Habton Grange duo followed up on Saturday with the admirable Hamish McGonagall, gaining his 10th career success and his fourth at York, and the smart Royal Rascal, who added to her Knavesmire victory last month with a decisive win in the nursery.
“Hamish is a superstar,” said Easterby. “He loves York and he’ll probably go back there next month for another crack at the Nunthorpe, and he could go to Goodwood in the meantime.”
A return visit to the course is also on the cards for Royal Rascal. “She’s a classy filly and we’ll consider the Roses Stakes or the Lowther for her at the Ebor Festival,” added Easterby.
As day turned to night, the Easterby winners kept coming. Hamilton’s evening meeting saw Grissom clinch a first prize of more than £21,000 in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup, while stable stalwart Collateral Damage returned to the winning trail in the concluding handicap at 8.50pm – five hours after stable-mate Body And Soul had struck it rich at Newbury.
• York’s two-day meeting proved a happy hunting ground for a host of Ryedale competitors.
While York-based Robert Winston took the riding honours on Friday aboard German raider Gracia Directa in the Group 3 Summer Stakes and Mel Brittain’s tough and talented Mayfield Girl in the nursery, teenage claimer David Bergin notched his first course win on Dutch Rose in the apprentices’ handicap.
Bergin has enjoyed an excellent start since last month joining forces with Nawton trainer David O’Meara, who followed up his success with Dutch Rose by sending out Anderiego to win Saturday’s opening contest under Kieren Fallon.
• Ryedale trainer Alan Brown has a useful filly on his hands in the speedy Lady Ibrox, who is facing a step up in class after gaining her second win of the season at Chester last Friday night.
Partnered by Dale Swift, the speedy juvenile beat the odds-on Ask The Guru by three-parts of a length to add to her previous Carlisle victory and extend her consistent record. In six starts, she has won twice, finished second once and come third on two occasions.
Bought by Brown for just £3,500 as a yearling, bargain-buy Lady Ibrox is worth considerably more now.
“I think she’s pretty good,” said her Yedingham trainer. “She’s had a busy time, so we’ll probably give her three or four weeks off now, but we might then look for a Listed race for her.”
• Supporters of the Mick Easterby stable have enjoyed a rewarding time of late. On four successive days spanning the weekend, the Sheriff Hutton trainer sent out good-priced winners.
On Friday evening, Day Of The Eagle, who had looked to be returning to form at Thirsk on his previous outing, scored under Paddy Aspell at 16-1 at Chester, where stable-mate Towbee, ridden by stable apprentice David Simmonson, won the following day at 11-1.
The next leg was added at Southwell on Sunday, courtesy of handicap chaser Sheepclose, who won at 11-1. But to prove the best is saved for last, how about Up Ten Down Ten, who went in for Easterby at Wolverhampton on Monday evening – at 22-1.