Zaahy shines for Chapple-Hyam

Zaahy shines for Chapple-Hyam

While Peter Chapple-Hyam contemplates a Ladbrokes St Leger tilt with Monitor Closely, Zaahy kick-started his juvenile team with a classy display in the Novice Stakes at Lingfield today.

Zaahy may not have Classic aspirations for 2010 just yet, but he certainly marked himself down as a colt on the upgrade by providing the Derby-winning trainer with his first two-year-old success of the campaign.

Tom Queally rode a patient race aboard the 9-1 chance, and the speedy colt found a ready turn of foot when asked for his effort passing the furlong pole to open his account by two and a half lengths.

Chapple-Hyam's travelling head lad Ronan Meehan, said: "We have only had seven two-year-old runners so far this year and that is our first winner.

"He is babyish and green when he hits the front but that was impressive.

"Tom likes him a lot and said he deserves a rise in class."

Timeless Dream (6-1) completed a 69-1 double for Chapple-Hyam and provided his 28th winner of 2009 when finishing with a late dash to claim the Dormansland Handicap.

Spirit Of Dubai had been set some lofty targets earlier in the season and she built on her fourth place in the Lingfield Oaks Trial to claim the Ashford Environmental Maiden Stakes.

The Cape Cross filly appreciated the return to nearly a mile and a half, and the 7-4 chance came with a sustained challenge to grab the lead from 11-8 favourite Samaaha and collect by a length and a quarter.

Trainer David Simcock said: "This has been a long time coming, but hopefully it will be a confidence booster and she can go on from here.

"I imagine we might step her up in trip after this as she certainly saw the distance out well."

Trempari's all-the-way success in the two-mile Baker Tilly Handicap may have been a surprise to many, but trainer Mike Murphy had plenty of confidence in the 16-1 chance.

The six-year-old was without a win in 10 previous starts, but showed promise at Chepstow last month and hit the target with his game front-running performance under Tony Culhane.

Murphy said: "Our horses have been flying this year and this was certainly no shock.

"If he gets over this well, he could win another of them."

Catherine Gannon extracted a shock 33-1 success from Mick Channon's La Gifted in division one of the Arrows Removals Of London Handicap.

Gannon commented: "I wasn't that confident of getting there as she was lugging left and that is just my second winner for Mick."

Division two saw the William Muir yard continue to fight back from a mid-season infection which blighted the yard as Whisky Jack (14-1) returned to form with a three-quarter-length success.

Muir said: "I am so pleased for the owners as they have been very patient with him.

"He has had problems with a foot and used to sit down in the stalls.

"Hopefully he can now win a few more of these."

Belinsky just scraped home by a nose to oblige as the 4-5 favourite in the GP London Selling Stakes, after which Simon Callaghan bought in the colt for 5,200 guineas.

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