In the right Place at Pontefract

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Ruth Carr's stable stalwart Lexington Place was an apt winner of the Chaplins Club Handicap at Pontefract.

Ruth Carr's stable stalwart Lexington Place was an apt winner of the Chaplins Club Handicap at Pontefract.

Those of a certain age will remember Chaplins Club as something of a legend of the northern Flat circuit in the 1980s, incredibly winning nine handicaps in both 1985 and 1988 and once winning seven races in the space of 19 days.

He won 21 races overall for the late trainer David Chapman in the colours of Peter Savill, the former chairman of the then British Horseracing Board.

Without achieving anything like those remarkable statistics, Lexington Place has been a popular sprinter in his own right over the years and was a 9-1 shot to secure the 11th success of his career in West Yorkshire, where Savill was in attendance.

The seven-year-old showed a willing attitude under Jack Garritty to prevail by half a length for Carr, who is Chapman's granddaughter

Chapman's widow, Marion, is a part-owner, along with his trainer.

Carr said: "It's a great day. Grandma part-owns Lexington Place with me and was here to be presented the trophy by Peter Savill, whom grandad trained a lot of winners for over the years.

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"Chaplins Club was an unbelievable little horse. I think he was one of the first horses I rode when I was 12 or 13 and I remember going up the gallop very, very fast!"

She added: "Lexington Place has been a great horse for us. He's been a bit slow to come to hand this year, but he's come down the handicap and it's nice to get his head in front again.

"He's won off much higher in the past, so now he's back in form hopefully we can find another race or two for him."

Carr doubled up on the day through the James Sullivan-ridden Cosmic Chatter (3-1) in the Keith Hammill Memorial Handicap.

Beatbox Rhythm looks another smart juvenile for Karl Burke to go to war with in this second half of the season after confirming debut promise with an impressive victory.

The Spigot Lodge handler has put together a strong team of two-year-olds this season, with last week's Molecomb Stakes scorer Havana Grey set to join stablemate Unfortunately, winner of the Prix Robert Papin, in a bid for Group One glory in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday week.

It is a little early to suggest Beatbox Rhythm can scale those heights, but following an encouraging introduction at Doncaster, he rewarded odds-on backers in some style in the Jayne – On Course Lady Bookmaker EBF Novice Stakes in West Yorkshire.

Partnered by PJ McDonald, the 10-11 favourite was sent straight to front and galloped on resolutely in the rain-softened ground to score by four lengths from newcomer Chief Justice.

Burke said: "He ran a good race at Doncaster and we hoped he was a nice horse.

"We were worried about the ground today, but we walked the course before racing and decided to let him take his chance and he's done it well.

"We like him. He's got a way to go before he can make up into a Listed horse, but that's the way we'd be thinking at some stage.

"We'll see what the handicapper does and go from there."

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