McNamara keeps up momentum
News of the action from Leicester where Ebor-winning jockey Adam McNamara showed off his skills on Rosebride.
Jockey Adam McNamara kept up the momentum at Leicester
Ebor-winning jockey Adam McNamara showed off his skills with a confident ride on Rosebride to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Nursery Handicap at Leicester.
McNamara has been one of the apprentice finds of the season and hit the headlines when winning York's prestigious handicap on Heartbreak City for Irish trainer Tony Martin on Saturday.
Riding on this occasion for his boss Richard Fahey, the 19-year-old was coolness personified as he waited patiently from his stands side draw on Rosebride (10-1) before asking for her effort.
She pulled clear of the opposition in the final furlong to score by three lengths from Parsnip with Storm Cry third.
"She did it well in the end. Mr Fahey stressed she'd like a bit of cover. She settled well and travelled strongly," said McNamara. "She picked up well a long way out and stayed all the way to the line.
"She's been progressing all season and we're very happy with her. The hood helped her relax a little bit. She was a bit quirky at Chester last time. I think it helped her settle."
In contrast, Darryll Holland is struggling to rebuild his career after spending a few years in South Korea and Mauritius.
He returned to Britain to ride for Charlie Hills but that has not worked out and Holland had just his 16th winner of the year on Cornelious (4-1) in the Nelson Handicap.
Holland coaxed the Clifford Lines-trained top weight to win a three-way photo by a head and a neck from Mamoo and Percy's Princess.
Holland said: "I'm freelance at the minute and trying to pick up a few contacts.
"I've been out of the country for four years, so it's difficult."
Kristin Stubbs was quick to sing Shane Kelly's praises after the jockey had brought Red Paladin (15-2) from last to first to snatch victory in the Dale Hall And Hickman Associates Handicap.
The quirky six-year-old was a detached last after being slowly away, but Kelly bided his time and let the horse make up the ground steadily.
Harwoods Volante had made most of the running and looked like hanging on, but Red Paladin's progress was relentless and he snatched the verdict by a short head.
"He doesn't like the stalls and that's why he gets left so far, but Shane is so good on him. He won on him last time, but this horse is not straightforward at all," said the Malton trainer.
"Shane is brilliant on these kind of horses. He gives him a couple of slaps coming out of the stalls and that wakes him up.
"The handicapper will probably not do him any favours. He's in a claimer on Monday at Newcastle. We'll see, it's possible."
Stevie Donohoe was banned for three days (September 8, 9 and 11) after being found guilty of careless riding on third-placed Twin Point.
The Richard Hannon-trained Inner Circle (6-1) led a furlong and a half out for Sean Levey and he held Snookered by a length to get off the mark at the fourth attempt in the Gallowgate Nursery Handicap.
Levey said: "He's been running in better races than this and hopefully he can come on."
Etienne Gerard (6-1) stayed on strongly on the stands aside to comfortably take the Charles Street Handicap by three lengths in the hands of 7lb claimer Lewis Edmunds.
Winning trainer Nigel Tinkler said: "I can't understand why they all came down the middle. Years ago we always came down the stands side.
"This horse could go to Ascot next Friday for a handicap over six furlongs."
James Tate's newcomer Ocean Air (12-1) got up in the dying strides under Martin Harley to deny the 11-4 favourite Claire's Secret and Sidewinder by a head and the same in the Glebe Maiden Auction Stakes.