Fallon gives Powell cause for cheer

Kieren Fallon provided Brendan Powell with a maiden juvenile success as Pullyourfingerout landed division two of the ladbrokes.com Desford Nursery at Leicester.

The former top-class jumps jockey took out a training licence immediately after retiring from the saddle nine years ago, and has gone on to enjoy immense success with the likes of Big Rob.

But a two-year-old winner had escaped him until six-times champion Fallon took over in the saddle and galvanised Powell’s 11-1 chance for a half-length victory.

Powell said: “I have had plenty of places, but never had a two-year-old winner.

“Kieren said I should put him away now as he will make a nice three-year-old and he will stay a mile and a half.

“He has been on the go all year and started off in the first race of the season at Doncaster.

“He has run in some decent nurseries which gave us hope for a race like this.”

Fallon and Powell teamed up to complete a 59-1 brace as 4-1 favourite Edgeworth benefited from the 44-year-old’s magic drive to pull clear in the ladbrokescasino.com Maiden Stakes.

David Evans saddled a shock winner as Bathwick Gold obliged at 66-1 under Catherine Gannon in the Ladbrokes.com Maiden Auction Stakes.

The Noverre colt was in the vanguard throughout and stuck to his task well to book a possible tilt at the Redcar totepool Two-Year-Trophy on October 3.

Evans said: “That is very much a surprise as I ran him at Salisbury first time and he had no idea what to do.

“He is in the sales race at Redcar next month. I suppose he will run after that and you’d have to fancy him.”

A similar result left punters reeling as 40-1 chance Truly Magic forged clear to take division one of the nursery by two and a half lengths.

The Chris Catlin-ridden filly had shown little in four maiden events, but proved fairly treated on her handicap debut to provide some much-needed cheer for Harry Dunlop and his family.

Dunlop’s wife Christina said: “We have had chicken pox at home for four weeks now. Harry is the latest to catch it so I am glad to be here and escape quarantine.

“I am delighted this filly has won and it is the first time she has had her ground.”

Jamie Spencer gave his supporters a white-knuckle ride as he held on by a diminishing half-length aboard Buddhist Monk in the ladbrokes.com Claiming Stakes.

Spencer bustled the 6-4 favourite into an early lead and held a commanding advantage throughout, only for Ian Williams’ four-year-old to empty rapidly inside the distance and find the line arriving just in time to hold Fallon on Quince.

Williams said: “It was rather tense towards the end.

“Any horse who can win two races has done well, and he is happy in this grade.”

A drop back to six furlongs for the first time in six months enabled Mark Johnston’s Fesko (17-2) to return to winning ways in the ladbrokescasino.com Handicap.

Johnston’s yard completed a 113-1 double as Spirit Is Needed (11-1) proved a cut above in the ladbrokescasino.com Maiden Stakes, in which Moonbeam Dancer was promoted to third and Amroth demoted to fourth after interference between the pair.

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