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Sophie shines on Lang again

Sophie Doyle continued her useful association with the former classy handicapper Lang Shining at Lingfield.

Now six and with Jamie Osborne, the chestnut is still high in the handicap from his days with Michael Stoute and reduced to plying his trade at the basement level.

Doyle, who has now won on Lang Shining three times, kidded the 2/5 favourite up the far rail in the Felbridge Claiming Stakes.

"He can often lug to the left so I made sure I was by the rail and he has done it nicely," Doyle explained.

"You just have to know him, really."

Ralph Beckett bemoaned the lack of prize money but his promising winner, Days Of Summer, will surely have the opportunity to pick up greater riches.

The market expected the well entered-up Fityaan, the 5/6 favourite, to open his account in the Sweetwoods Park Golf Club Median Auction Maiden Stakes but the slightly unconsidered 12/1 shot Days Of Summer was more than a match and pulled a length and a half away in the hands of Jim Crowley.

"It's a bit embarrassing for a horse that cost 75 grand to be racing for two," lamented Beckett.

"She's quite a nice filly, from the family of Red Rocks, and her dam Pharaoh's Delight won the Phoenix Stakes.

"She lost her confidence in the spring and has done that well.

"I'm not sure where we'll go now, perhaps for a Listed race somewhere."



Fancied

It came as some surprise to connections to see Spartic returned at 16/1 in the Jacksbridge Nursery.

Chris Dalton, trainer Alan McCabe's travelling head lad, said: "We fancied him -- I can't believe he was that price.

"He dragged himself into it pretty early and I think he just idled at the end -- he was pricking his ears."

The price of Lyric Poet (2/1 favourite) was on the generous side too, considering he was nearly a stone ahead of the assessor after strolling home at Wolverhampton, but he enjoyed another facile success in the Martin Long 60th Birthday Handicap.

Trainer Giles Bravery said: "He has done it well, but has won it off 60 and that's the point -- he should have been running off 78 today and I don't think he would have won it off that. Maybe that's his glory."

Kieren Fallon timed things to perfection in the Ford Manor Road Handicap by producing the 9/4 favourite Dubai Media to score cleverly without even needing to use the whip.

Aurora Sky (7/2 favourite) prevented Recalcitrant from regaining the Hollow Lane Handicap by a whisker.