Load to cheer in Loosen triumph
Loosen My Load made the perfect return to action with a superb performance to win the Southampton Goodwill Chase at Listowel yesterday.
Successful on his fencing debut at Punchestown in May, the former smart novice hurdler ran his three rivals ragged.
He jumped superbly, apart from a slight mistake at the second-last, with the 8-15 favourite coming home three and a half lengths clear in the hands of Andrew Lynch.
Runner-up Schelm was the only horse to make a race of it and he was another nine lengths clear of the third Emmpat.
"He was brilliant. He got a little bit close to the second-last, but that would be ultra-critical of him," said trainer Henry de Bromhead.
"He did it the hard way and Andrew gave him a great ride. It was only his second run over fences.
"He's just always been a fantastic jumper. Hopefully he'll go for a Grade Three over two miles, two furlongs at Punchestown in the middle of October that Sizing Europe won last year (Buck House Novice Chase)."
Khor Sheed got the better of Tale Untold in a thrilling finish to the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Auction Stakes at Newmarket.
The former was sent off at 7-2 after finishing third behind the smart White Moonstone at the track last month and was given a confident ride by Kieren Fallon.
It looked a matter of by how far she would win heading inside the final furlong, but Tale Untold proved a tough nut to crack and Fallon had to be at his strongest to ensure Khor Sheed was a short-head victor at the line. The disappointment of the race was 7-4 favourite Warm Breeze, who raced handily in the early stages before tailing off.
Luca Cumani said: "Kieren said that she came to it a little too soon and was idling in front but she is a filly who is developing nicely. I will talk to the owner, but I imagine she will go for a Group race over six furlongs next."
Richard Fahey's Arctic Feeling showed a fantastic burst of speed to land the Zenith Ltd Refurbishment Specialists Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.
The 8-1 shot had been well beaten in the Flying Childers at Doncaster last week but travelled ominously well under Paul Hanagan towards the back of the field.
Favourite Krypton Factor held the lead heading inside the final furlong as he went in search of his fourth successive win.
But once the gap came, Arctic Feeling rattled home and got up close to home to take the Listed prize by a neck.
Richard Price's Cheveton recorded his first victory of the year in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.
The 11-1 chance, capably ridden by talented claimer Dale Swift, was never far from off the pace in the stands-side group. Price's chestnut was coaxed into the lead passing the two-furlong marker and had enough in reserve to hold off the fast-finishing Courageous by a head.
Mastership was back in third, and Everymanforhimself was fourth.
Swift said: "The boss said he can miss the break but he was good this time and he travels that well he gets into his stride real early.
"I just had to send him on a furlong out as he was idling in front, but once the other horse came to me he stretched his neck out and went on again."