Godolphin denied Ponte treble

Trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick maintained their decent strike-rates at Pontefract with a double through Hamada and Blair House.

Buick: Two winners at Pontefract on Monday.

Neither are very frequent visitors to the West Yorkshire track but make it pay when they do and they backed up their Prix Marcel Boussac triumph with Wuheida at Chantilly 24 hours earlier.

Things could have been even better as their two other runners finished second.

It was still a good day for the Godolphin team, headed by Blair House, who came with a sweeping run on the outside to lift the feature Tradeway Shipping Peter Kirkham Retiring Handicap.

The Pivotal colt, wearing blinkers for the first time, had plenty to do turning for home, but the 9/4 favourite picked up in great style to score by three-quarters of a length from Rainbow Rebel.

"We popped the blinkers on and he saw the trip out well. I think he'll get further in time," said Appleby.

"We sent him up for the decent ground and the stiff finish helped."

He added: "I think he'll appreciate cut in the ground. We'll see what the handicapper does to him next Tuesday and see what options we've got for the final months of the season."

Hamada (1/2 favourite) looked a progressive type when making all in the racinguk.com/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes after two promising placed efforts.

Supporters of the odds-on shot barely had an anxious moment as he romped to a six-length success.

"I was delighted with Hamada. He's built on each run and stepping up to a mile and a quarter, he saw it out well," said Appleby.

"He's a horse we'll put away now and take a look at what we've got in the spring."

The Godolphin duo were denied a hat-trick when Leoncavallo was just touched off by La Fritillaire (14/1) in the Racing UK HD Bluff Cove Handicap.

The pair went past the line togther after a gruelling two and a quarter miles but the photograph showed James Given's four-year-old had prevailed by a head under Andrew Mullen.

To rub salt into Buick's wounds he was banned for two days for using his whip above the permitted level. He will be stood down on October 17 and 18.

Godolphin's other runner, First Voyage, also had to settle for the runner-up spot on his debut as Kullu (6/1) made most of the running to win the Buy Your 2017 Annual Badge Today Maiden Stakes.

Second on her debut and wearing the Golden Horn colours of owner Anthony Oppenheimer, the Charlie Fellowes-trained filly stuck on gamely to score by a length and a half.

Roger Teal's first visit to the track proved a successful one when High Acclaim (9/1) just lasted home in the Racing UK Club Day 17th October Nursery Handicap.

Danny Tudhope had the Elusive Quality colt in a prominent position despite his high draw and kicked for home early in the straight.

High Acclaim, owned by a syndicate that includes Southampton striker Charlie Austin, pulled a few lengths clear but Novoman closed to such effect that there was just a head between them at the line.

Tudhope had a second winner when the Alan Brown-trained Shouranour (4/1 joint-favourite) got home by a neck and a short head from Sands Chorus and Al Naser Alwashik in division one of the Book Your Christmas Party On 0113 287 6387.

Joe Fanning made a decisive move two furlongs out on Richard Guest's Mr Cool Cash (7/1) to steal division two by two and a quarter lengths from the late finisher Green Howard.

Apprentice Marc Monaghan got the Hugo Palmer-trained Harry Champion (6/1) up in the shadow of the post to deny Kelvin Hall by a head in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap.

Monaghan, though, was suspended for two days (Ocotber 17 and 18) for using his whip above the permitted level.

In the same race, Kevin Stott was also banned for three days (October 17-19) for careless riding on the unplaced favourite Torremar.

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