Sound of success at Chester
The rest of the news from the final day of the May meeting at Chester, where Sound Advice again showed his love for the track.
Sound Advice chalked up course and distance win number four in the Crabbie's Earl Grosvenor Handicap at Chester.
The eight-year-old flew home in the final furlong, with a devastating run in the centre of the course avoiding any late trouble.
Hillbilly Boy made a bold bid to repeat last year's success in the seven-and-a-half-furlong handicap, but was found wanting at the business end.
Dougie Costello made the most of a golden path for Sound Advice (12/1) and Keith Dalgleish's charge stormed home by a length and a quarter to foil the well-backed 13/8 favourite El Hayem, who had no luck in running until it was too late after a slow start.
Ice Slice was two and a quarter lengths away in third.
Costello said: "Keith told me to ride him with confidence, he loves it here and we made the best of our way home off the bend.
"The rain is getting in the ground a little bit and I think today you'll see a lot of horses coming from off the pace."
Owner Robin Galbraith said: "He's not so good on tracks with long straights. We think he enjoys it so much here because he's always on the turn, so he's having to think a lot more.
"It's a definite case of horses for courses. I think that's four races he's won here now. His first run of the season was his first for five months so he was entitled to come on for it.
"Keith was talking before saying there's a race for him back here so we'll stick to that plan."
Copper Knight showed blistering pace from the gate to win over Chester's five furlongs for a second time in the Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd Handicap.
Successful in the Lily Agnes Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago when trained by Hugo Palmer, the three-year-old looks a shrewd purchase at 5,000 guineas for the Tim Easterby yard.
David Allan had an armchair ride on the 7/1 shot, who pulled further away in the straight as he beat another former Palmer inmate, the Robert Cowell-trained Evergate, by two and a quarter lengths.
Allan said: "I think he was at full speed in less than half a stride – he absolutely pinged the start.
"It gave me a chance to sit on him for a good bit of time, but his turn of foot surprised me a bit as well.
"If you nick a length coming out of the stalls you can fill him up and save him for that turn of foot at the end.
"Obviously course form helps around here, which he's got. He's only a little compact horse, so it's an ideal track for him."
Frankie Dettori delivered Western Hymn to nail US Army Ranger on the line and snatch in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained US Army Ranger looked to have the race in the bag when he set sail for home a furlong out under Ryan Moore, after Winning Story had put plenty of pace in the race.
Duretto was three-quarters of a length away in third place.
Dettori said: "He's a very difficult horse. You can't get there too early, I got there as late as I dared and he still stopped, but the line came in time for me.
"Ryan is a very hard to rival to beat and there's always good satisfaction to do it."
He added: "I'm pleased for the horse. He's quirky, but he's part of the furniture in the stable, we all love him and he deserves a race like this.
"I enjoy riding him because it's a challenge. He's got all the ability, but he knows the game inside out and you have to try and find the key to get him to go. Today I managed to find it."
Gymnaste (11/8 favourite) looked a useful prospect when storming home in the TMT Group Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Runner-up on her only start as a two-year-old to the well-entered Vintage Folly, the daughter of Shamardal sealed victory in a matter of strides to give trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori a quick double after Western Hymn in the Ormonde Stakes.
Highland Pass put in good work at the finish to get second place, two and a quarter lengths behind the easy winner.
Dettori said: "She broke well, I managed to get the box seat on her and she travelled good. She quickened up well when I asked her, but I don't think it was the strongest of maidens."Judicial (6-4 favourite) pulled away in the closing stages to follow up a recent Pontefract success in the LDF Conditions Stakes.Joe Doyle brought Julie Camacho's five-year-old sprinter wide to get a clear view and the Iffraaj gelding soon put daylight between himself and the opposition in this five-furlong dash.He had four lengths to spare over runner-up Double Up at the line, with Canny Kool third.Dan Downie, racing manager for winning owners the Elite Racing Club, said: "He's much more manageable this year and he's relaxing a lot better."He's obviously getting better all the time. This was the acid test to tell us where we could go, and now we'll go up in class."We were worried about the rain because he likes the ground very quick and now we can start looking at races like the Wokingham at Royal Ascot."He's a half-brother to Marsha, so he's all speed."St Mary's (14-1) took the final race of the three-day fixture, the DW Sports Apprentice Handicap, for Chester Cup-winning trainer Andrew Balding.The four-year-old filly, having her first outing for 223 days, came through strongly under William Cox to get the better of the well-backed 9-4 favourite Warp Factor by a length and a half.Modernism was third, another three-quarters of a length away.
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