Pontefract double for Easterby
Jockey David Allan and trainer Tim Easterby took their tallies at the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival into double figures with a treble and double respectively at Pontefract.
The pair teamed up with Regal Mirage and Bossipop, while Allan had a third on Crosse Fire.
Regal Mirage (6-4 favourite) was made to fight all the way by Thorntoun Care to take his winning streak to four in the Play Sporting Life Pick 7 For Free Now Handicap.
The three-year-old dug deep for Allan to keep his rival at bay by a nose after a ding-dong battle. The leading pair pulled six lengths clear of Diamond Runner in third.
Easterby said: "He loves some juice in the ground. Soft ground makes a big difference to him. He's been in good fettle.
"He might not run now for a bit."
Bossipop (8-1) burst out of the stalls to lead his rivals a merry dance in the tiesplanet.com – Ties For Every Occasion Handicap.
Gin In The Inn tried to mount a challenge but was two and a quarter lengths down at the line.
"He likes this ground, too. It's no problem to him," said Easterby, who chalked up 11 victories at the festival that covered all nine Yorkshire tracks and started on July 22.
Gin In The Inn's jockey Paul Hanagan picked up a seven-day ban for careless riding. The stewards found he had shifted left towards the rail causing Giant Spark to clip heels and his rider Luke Morris to lose his irons and eventually ease down.
Hanagan's suspension runs from August 13-19.
Allan completed his treble when steering Scott Dixon's Crosse Fire (7-1) to an all-the-way win in the Fly High Faye Nickels Handicap for his 10th winner of the Festival.
The feature race, the Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Pomfret Stakes, went to the Richard Fahey-trained Another Touch (7-2), who fought off Custom Cut by a neck in the hands of Tony Hamilton. There was a yawning eight lengths back to the winner's stablemate Gabrial in third.
"He is highly-rated and he ran a good race in the John Smith's Cup from stall 19. People didn't realise how well he ran in that," said Fahey's assistant, Robin O'Ryan.
"Richard and the owner wanted to come here, so it's worked out well."
Danny Tudhope had Wensley (4-1) smartly away as James Bethell's two-year-old made the running to comfortably take the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes by two and three-quarter lengths from Kalagia.
Beverley Bullet (4-1) shot clear to land the Ron Vause Memorial Handicap by half a length from Correggio under Joe Fanning for trainer Lawrence Mullaney.
Micky Hammond's Kings Will Dream (10-1) collared 2-7 shot Sharja Bridge close home to snatch victory by a head in the Pontefract And District Golf Club Ltd Maiden Stakes under Paul Mulrennan.
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