Dwyer hoping for winning run

Martin Dwyer is targeting 75 winners for the year despite making a slow start to the season.

Martin Dwyer is targeting 75 winners for the year despite making a slow start to the season.

The rider notched his 50th winner of 2005 when steering Bold Diktator to success in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap at Bath yesterday and he hopes to hit a purple patch.

He explained: “Both my main stables of Andrew Balding and Marcus Tregoning have been largely out of form until recently and I have to be realistic.

“The pleasing thing is their horses are beginning to pick up and if I keep my head down and work hard, I could finish with a flourish. It gets harder from now on, but with a bit of luck I might manage 75 winners.”

Dwyer, who was riding the colt for his father-in-law Willie Muir, came late to grab long-time leader Laconicos but he quickly eased away by four lengths to justify his odds of 7-2 favourite.

Those who latched onto the gamble behind Half Pint Bill in the blueskyracing.co.uk Selling Stakes were rewarded when Bill Turner’s gelding scored at 13-2, having opened at 12-1.

Colin Haddon gave him a super-confident ride but in the end the combination had only a neck to spare over Enchanting Times.

Half Pint Bill is named after the late Bill Carter, a farmer who owner Jeremy Gompertz met in a pub in Wiltshire.

Gompertz explained: “Bill was a great character who was famous for doing the run up the Chalk Valley, which entails having a drink in every pub along the way.

“I met him in the Seymour Arms and the interesting thing about him was that he always drank in halves but downed plenty of them!”

Perhaps the nicest horse on view was Roger Charlton’s Sea Wall, who justified 11-4 favouritism in the Joe Wynne Memorial Handicap.

He put in a good performance to hold Pagan Sword by two and a half lengths under Steve Drowne.

Charlton’s assistant, Tom Grantham, said: “He’s still a bit green but he will keep on improving and he would appreciate a longer trip. He will probably remain in training next year.”

Apprentice Saleem Golam is making a decent name for himself and he was seen to good advantage when partnering the Rae Guest-trained Kensington to success in the redcliffehomes.co.uk Claiming Stakes.

This contest looked in the pocket of top weight Full Spate until that rival was hampered at a crucial stage, allowing 20-1 shot Kensington to slip through inside the final furlong and score by a length.

Golam said: “They all headed for the rail but fortunately I got the gaps when it mattered.”

Robert Havlin predicted Indian Lady would win the blueskyracing.co.uk Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes and his assertion proved to be right.

The 9-2 chance edged out odds-on favourite Bathwick Emma by half a length as she relished the fast conditions at the track.

Indian Lady is trained by Nerys Dutfield, whose assistant, Paul Holley, said: “Robert jumped off her last time and said she would be our next winner. She was returning from a long lay-off on that occasion and probably needed the race.”

There was a tight finish to the “Winning Post” 20 Years In Racing Fillies’ Handicap with Redwood Star (4-1), trained by Pat Gilligan and ridden by Chris Catlin, getting the best of a three-way photo from Dolce Piccata and Sweetest Revenge by two necks.

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