Kirby lands Lingfield treble
Adam Kirby showed no signs of jet-lag following his whistle-stop trip to Dubai as he continued his march towards the All Weather Jockeys Championship with a treble at Lingfield on Friday.
After partnering the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of Gold Trail and Baccarat to glory at Meydan 24 hours earlier, the Group One-winning jockey was soon on the mark after guiding William Haggas' Dandy Flame (10-11) to a length victory in the seven-furlong claimer.
Kirby said: "He just needed to settle and the first half of the race he settled well. He toughed it out and picked up nicely enough. He made me work for it, but he is a tough horse that tries."
Anabel Murphy's 197-day search for a winner came to an end after Krazy Paving (3-1) struck at the 18th time of asking to form the middle leg of Kirby's haul when taking the six-furlong handicap by a neck
Kirby said: "They went slow. As I turned in, I had one to aim at and it all went well really. It was nice for him to get his head in front. Hopefully he can gain a bit of confidence."
Simon Dow saw his decision to run Emenem before facing another rise in the weights for his recent Wolverhampton win vindicated with a victory in the mile-and-a-quarter handicap.
Showing a willing attitude, the 7-2 shot squeezed through close to the rail to get up by half a length and complete Kirby's treble.
Dow said: "Today was one of the final mile-and-a-quarter options open to him to run off this mark in this grade.
"I thought we would find out whether he stayed and although he did, it was not a proper test. I'm not entirely sure what we learnt apart from that he is brave."
Kirby added: "It was really good in Meydan and it was nice to be invited out there. I can't thank them enough. The kindness and the way they look after you is second to none.
"Things are going very well and I have no complaints. Obviously yesterday was great and it was nice to get three here and keep the ball rolling."
Although Ryan Moore was out of luck on his first two rides back in Britain, the three-times champion jockey expressed his delight at 2000 Guineas favourite Churchill being recognised as the European champion two-year-old earlier in the week.
He said: "He deserved it and is a horse I think a lot of. He is a worthy winner of the award. It's hard to say (if he is as good as Air Force Blue at the same stage). We won't know until they start doing a bit more work. The next two months will determine a lot."
While Frankel never graced the winner's enclosure at the Surrey track, there was victory for one of his offspring at the course after the Roger Charlton-trained Fashion Business (4-7) opened his account with a neck success in the mile-and-a-quarter maiden.
George Baker, winning jockey, said: "He ran extremely well first time out when he ran into a nice horse of Jamie Osborne's.
"I was just waiting for room today but when I switched him to the inside, he quickened up really well."
George Downing celebrated a landmark moment after riding out his claim when scorching to a six-length success aboard 12-year-old King Olav (8-1) in the extended one-mile-seven-furlong selling handicap.
Downing said: "He is a lovely horse and he tries his best every time. Obviously he was a classy horse back in the day. He is getting old now, but he still keeps winning and has the right attitude.
"That's the claim gone and what a lovely horse to do it on. It has taken a while and it has been a long grind, but I think the last two or three years have picked up to be fair."
The Sylvester Kirk-trained Oberyn (20-1) landed the opening mile handicap while the concluding mile-and-a-half amateur riders' handicap went the way of Attain (5-1) from the yard of Archie Watson.
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