Gordon registers double

Josephine Gordon rode a double at Newcastle

Josephine Gordon was out of luck when second aboard Natural Scenery in the Plate, but she had earlier registered her first Group race success on Koropick (8-1) in the Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes.

Paul Hanagan could consider himself unlucky on third home Kimberella as the gap closed on the rail when he was travelling smoothly, but Koropick, the only three-year-old in the race, picked up smartly.

Hugo Palmer's charge stormed home to pip David O'Meara's Intisaab.

"That was the aim this year – to get Group rides and hopefully get a Group win," said Gordon.

"This year was going to be a big year and so far it's going really well. I'm over the moon."

Palmer said: "He has had a troubled season, through no fault of his own. He ripped a shoe off at Newbury and didn't handle the track at Epsom.

"I think the stiff six furlongs at Newcastle on a consistent surface suited him well."

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Gordon later doubled up on on James Bethell's Airton (5-1) in the mile-and-a-half handicap.

Unabated followed up his course-and-distance win in March in the opening race

Sent off at 13-2, Marco Botti's three-year-old was taking on his elders for the first time but always looked to be travelling smoothly for Daniel Muscutt.

"I don't think all-weather is the key to him as he had good form on the grass at two, but he wouldn't want it too quick," said Muscutt.

"I think he's got a really big future and next year he could be top class over six furlongs."

London Prize (7-4 favourite) is a stayer on the up and he ground out victory in the valuable Betfred Northumberland Vase Handicap.

Run as the consolation race for horses who missed the cut for the Plate, there was #70,000 up for grabs but only 12 went to post.

Always handy under Fran Berry as the pace was only steady, the dual-purpose performer, who had won the Imperial Cup at Sandown, was sent for home some way out.

"They went no pace so I didn't want to sit too far back as I knew it would turn into a sprint," said Berry.

"I always felt like I was holding them and in the last 50 yards he was pulling away again.

"He's an improving horse and is a really strong stayer."

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