Lincoln rocks in Pipalong

Trainer David O'Meara

Lincoln Rocks bounced back from defeat in a Haydock handicap four days earlier to take Listed honours in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract.

Given an enterprising ride by Danny Tudhope, the four-year-old made all the running in the one-mile feature in West Yorkshire.

David O'Meara's daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar had her own way in front, unlike on her previous start, when she had to settle for fourth place.

Tudhope made the bold move of switching to the near-side rail in the straight and 14-1 shot Lincoln Rocks kept on gamely to get home by a neck from 6-4 favourite Dawn Of Hope.

"She had a bit to find on ratings and we were hoping to get a place, so it's worked out well," O'Meara's assistant Jason Kelly told Racing UK.

"She was taken on for the lead the last day and got a soft time of it today.

"To be fair to her she's found plenty when Dawn Of Hope came to her.

"She's a tough, genuine filly. She only ran the other day at Haydock. She's come back here and run a career-best.

"This was her Derby really so it's nice to get her black-type win.

"We'll take our time with her now. She's had two quick runs, she's due a bit of a rest."

Tudhope was given a two-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level. He is out on July 25 and 26.

Dawn Of Hope's jockey, Andrea Atzeni, was handed four days for a similar offence, with his suspension running from July 25-28.

Tudhope completed a double on the progressive Edgar Allan Poe (15-8), steering Rebecca Bastiman's recent Hamilton winner to an emphatic two-and-three-quarter-length verdict over Golconda Prince in the Pontefract Squash Club & Leisure Club Handicap.

Silvestre de Sousa continued his charge towards a second jockey's title with a brace on Sheepscar Lad and Robero.

Nigel Tinkler's Sheepscar Lad (5-4 favourite) came through strongly win the Sochall Smith Chartered Accountants Handicap by two and a half lengths from Lawless Louis.

The Mick Easterby-trained Robero (5-1) led all the way to defy top weight of 10st in the King Richard III Handicap.

"He likes to get his toe in and we got a draw of 11 here. We walked the course and the rain came and we had a good jockey," said Easterby's son and assistant, David.

"This horse has done it the hard way from the front. We've paid the extra money to keep him in the Stewards' Cup so hopefully he might get in the consolation race."

Richard Fahey's Areen Faisal (5-1) got on top in the last half-a-furlong under Phillip Makin to outpoint The Love Doctor by a length and a quarter in the Dianne Nursery Handicap.

After finishing third on Precision in the Brian Ellison Racing Maiden Stakes, Makin was banned for three days (July 25-27) for weighing in 2lbs more than he weighed out.

Victory went to the Charlie Appleby-trained Walton Street (15-8), who put up a promising display to score comfortably by a length and three-quarters under James Doyle.

Declan Carroll's Mysterial (12-1) rallied gamely for Ger O'Neill to collar the 9-4 favourite Canberra Cliffs by a neck in the People's Holdings Apprentice Handicap.


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