Hats off for Fabricate
News of the pick of the action from Leicester where The Queen's Fabricate was rewarded for several luckless efforts.
Queen Elizabeth II and trainer Michael Bell struck with Fabricate
Fabricate was rewarded for several luckless efforts when coming out on top for the first time since May 2015 with victory in the Squirrel Handicap at Leicester.
The four-year-old, trained by Michael Bell, was making amends for being the beaten favourite in the corresponding race last autumn with a gutsy effort.
Owned and bred by the Queen, the Makfi gelding had performed creditably this term without success, including when a never-nearer fifth in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot.
He had no luck in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster on his latest start, when he lost a shoe and then all chance when hampered over a furlong out.
However, his fortunes finally turned for the better in a tightly-knit contest.
Noble Gift and Stars Over The Sea cut out most of the running until the race hotted up in the straight where the 5-2 favourite Monotype was pulled up straight after struggling from some way out.
Passover made his bid for glory but Fabricate, who was travelling smoothly in behind, was delivered to challenge by Adam Kirby.
The two fought out the finish with Fabricate (9/-2) getting the verdict by a short head. Tawdeea put in decent late work for third place, a length and a half away.
Bell said: "He's been due a win because he's run some very good races in defeat this year, notably at Royal Ascot, so I'm delighted.
"He's a real, game, tough genuine horse. He ran in the race last year, but the ground was bottomless.
"He likes to get in his toe in a bit, but it was extreme last year. He probably got his optimum conditions today, so it was great for him to win.
"I'm not sure if he'll run again. He's in the horses in training sale (at Tattersalls later this month). I'll have to talk to John Warren (the Queen's racing manager)."
In division two, Subatomic (10/1), ridden by James Doyle, stepped up on her first two efforts to run out a ready winner by three and a half lengths for trainer Ralph Beckett.
Dance The Dream (5/1 favourite), out of luck on her first venture in handicap company in a hot event at Ascot, ran away with the Brock Hill Badger Handicap when lowered in grade.
Marcus Tregoning's daughter of 2006 Derby winner Sir Percy had the race won a long way out as she bolted up under Martin Dwyer by four lengths from Hestina.
William Stone's Evening Attire (9/1) pipped Mr Orange by a nose in the Red Deer Handicap, while the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Team Talk (1/2 favourite) overcame a tardy start to make a winning debut in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Dormouse Maiden Stakes.
There was no bid for David O'Meara's Muroor (2/1 favourite) after Jamie Spencer got him home by a nose from Monday Club in the Stoat Selling Stakes.
Mike Murphy's Titan Goddess (5/1 joint-favourite) completed a hat-trick in some style when giving Kevin Lundie an armchair ride with a seven-length romp in the Leveret Apprentice Handicap.
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