Spark Plug wins Cambridgeshire

Old friends Jimmy Fortune and Spark Plug teamed up to win the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.

The field for the Betfred Cambridgeshire is spread right across the track a furlong out, with winner Spark Plug (dark green) nearest to the stands' rail.

The pair had both suffered serious effects after a crashing fall when they clipped heels with a rival in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, but it was Fortune who bounced back more quickly, despite fracturing vertebrae in the fall.

Spark Plug's confidence suffered the more of the pair and it had taken considerable time for trainer Brian Meehan, a long-time supporter and friend of Fortune, to nurse him back to form.

After a couple of promising efforts on his previous starts, Spark Plug charged up the stands' side rail to give Fortune his second win in the prestigious and valuable handicap.

Fortune, successful on Pipedreamer in 2007, made the most of his draw to grab the rail where it mattered.

The field split into two groups with Ode To Evening and Ginger Jack leading those on the far side and Bravo Zolo and First Sitting among those prominent on the near side, although there was never much between them.

Hitting the front in the final furlong, the winner powered away from his 30 rivals to strike by two and a quarter lengths from the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Carry On Deryck.

Very Talented, also from the Bin Suroor stable, was a length and a half away in third and first home on the far side. Last year's winner Third Time Lucky stayed on well for fourth with Zhui Feng fifth and Celestial Path sixth.

Fortune said: "I had to take a pull two out, it stopped him getting there too soon. He's always been a bit of a worrier and Brian has done a wonderful job to get him back after his fall at Ascot.

"I've known Brian for the last 25 years, we've been great friends and long may it continue."

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