Briardale books Ascot ticket
A round-up of the action from Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday as Briardale ran away with the feature Zetland Gold Cup.
Briardale could be bound for Royal Ascot after he turned the Racing UK Zetland Gold Cup into a procession at Redcar.
The five-year-old gelding is set for the Royal Hunt Cup, which his trainer James Bethell won with Mine in 2004.
He was uncertain to make the cut for the cavalry charge over the straight mile, but that picture has changed thanks to the penalty he picks up for this success.
Briardale (6-1) won unchallenged as he gave Paul Hanagan an armchair ride in front. When asked for an extra effort, the leader responded in some style as he drew away to win by a yawning six lengths from Rainbow Rebel, with Euchen Glen third.
"It was a very good performance," said Bethell. "He's in the Hunt Cup which he wasn't going to get into but he will now, I think, and he's definitely worth an entry in the John Smith's Cup (at York).
A double for Hanagan was sparked by the George Scott-trained Pobbles (11-4), who came away from her rivals in the final half-furlong to land the Congratulations Golden Ticket Winner Selling Stakes.
There was a sting in the trail for the rider as he was banned for two days (June 12 and 13) for using his whip above the permitted level.
Storm Over (11-2) looked a bright prospect as he overcame a 294-day absence to take his 100 per cent record to two in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap.
The Robert Cowell-trained three-year-old scooted clear in the last of the five furlongs, after being switched to the far rail by Joe Fanning, to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Boundsy.
Cowell said: "He's a horse that when he won first time up as a two-year-old, he just went quite weak on us so we were very patient with him and gave him a lot of time off to develop.
"He'd been working well, but I was a bit concerned this morning that the ground might be too fast for him. The rain came in time and it looks like he could turn out to be a nice performer.
"We still need to bring him along steadily. He could turn into a fine horse as a four-year-old.
"We'll go for another handicap somewhere and see how he progresses, but he's definitely one we've all got to keep on the right side of."
The Mark Walford-trained Cornborough (7-1) got the breaks as he came between horses to beat Jabaar by half a length in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap and set up a double for Jason Hart.
The jockey's other winner came on Miss Tree (11-4 favourite), who led all the way to defeat Midnight Warrior by a length and three-quarters in the Come Racing Again Tomorrow Handicap for trainer John Quinn.
David Barron's Black Salt (5-2) stuck on well for Phillip Makin to see off Yorkshire Pudding by a length and a quarter in the racinguk.com/daypass Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Chatburn (7-2), trained by David O'Meara, made all the running under Tom Eaves to take the Watch Racing UK Today Just £10 Novice Auction Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Bengali Boys.
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