Chapple-Hyam continues unbeaten start to July

Peter Chapple-Hyam continued his unbeaten start to July as Palus San Marco earned a hard-fought victory over Kampai in the Catering Services International Ltd Maiden Stakes at Brighton yesterday.

Telwaar’s success in the European Free Handicap at the Craven meeting did not herald a glorious revival for the popular trainer – he has only managed a winner or two in each month since then – but the emergence of the likes of smart juvenile prospect Maxentius show his talent remains honed.

Second on his seasonal reappearance at Nottingham, Palus San Marco (7-4) was pitted against Scottish Vespers, the only ride on the card for William Buick, but Sir Michael Stoute’s 4-5 favourite carried his head awkwardly and could only manage third.

Palus San Marco’s main challenge came from Kampai, who had been nursed back by Julia Feilden after a long layoff due to a fractured coccyx, and the 50-1 shot pushed him all the way to the line, giving best by a head.

Chapple-Hyam’s assistant, Ronan Meehan, said: “Pete’s going really well – I think that’s three winners from the last five runners. The owners, who are Italian, hadn’t had a winner with us for ages but Venegazzu won at Wolverhampton for them on Monday, too.”

Rider Robert Havlin said: “It was a funny race at Nottingham as they went no gallop, but the winner followed up again and he’s a horse that just gallops.”

By this point, midway through the afternoon, the sea fret and incessant drizzle had finally dispersed.

Members of the Out Of Bounds Racing Club had been prepared to tolerate the unpleasant conditions as Scommettitrice (15-2) completed a quick course double in division one of the Hardings Catering Handicap.

Carrying a 6lb penalty for her success over half a furlong less just a week ago, David Evans’ filly appeared to be struggling for much of this six-furlong contest until the leaders began to toil and Andrea Atzeni sneaked past Captainrisk to score by a nose.

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