Dancer strikes again at Epsom

A review of Tuesday afternoon's meeting at Epsom as Nouvelli Dancer won again for Ivan Furtado.

Silvestre De Sousa: Epsom double

Ivan Furtado enjoyed a winner from his first runner at Epsom when Nouvelli Dancer took her tally for the year to five with victory in the JRA Handicap.

The second leg of a double for Silvestre de Sousa, the three-year-old filly made all the running and was a willing partner as the 11-4 favourite held Dyllan by three-quarters of a length.

"It's a great feeling to have a winner on a track like Epsom. It's unbelievable really," said Furtado, who is in his second season with a licence.

"She's won five races this year and she has only been out of the frame once and that was at Doncaster when she had an excuse. She hurt her back.

"She's a special filly. She was rated 42 at the beginning of the season and she'll probably go over 80 now.

"She will have a little break now and then will probably go for a Listed race on the all-weather at Lingfield. I think she has earned her place.

"She is still improving so we'll have a go."

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The Wiseton handler was delighted to provide de Sousa with a winner as the champion seeks to hold off Jim Crowley and retain his title.

"It was great to give Silvestre a winner. I hope he wins the title again. He works hard, but Jim Crowley is a great jockey as well," said Furtado.

"Whichever way it goes, the title will be in good hands."

De Sousa also made all on the Mark Johnston-trained Star Of The East (11-4), who took the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes by three lengths from Zymyran.

Highland Acclaim registered his first success for two years when ending a run of 24 defeats with a narrow verdict in the Terry Mills & John Akehurst Handicap.

Agonisingly beaten by a nose on his previous start, the David O'Meara-trained five-year-old went one better in game fashion as he wore down the long-time leader Ashpan Sam.

Harry Bentley drove Highland Acclaim (6-1) ahead in the final furlong but dual course and distance scorer Ashpan Sam would not go down quietly and there was only a neck between them at the line.

"It's been a while since his last win, but he's been showing signs of coming back to form recently and he finally got his head in front today," said O'Meara's assistant Jason Kelly.

"He's a tough horse."

Kodiac Khan (5-1), trained by Hugo Palmer, came with a sweeping run under 3lb claimer Marc Monaghan to land the Ebbisham Nursery Handicap by two and a quarter lengths from Fair Power.

Jeremy Gask's Fandango (6-4) supplemented his first win at Chelmsford two weeks ago when forging clear of evens favourite Alsacienne in the Warren Handicap.

Gary Moore's You're A Goat (11-10 favourite) justified strong support to take the closing Ashtead Handicap by a length and a half under Hector Crouch.

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