Bentong powers to Redcar win

Bentong looked a class act when he recorded a narrow but convincing success in the £50,000 (€73,200) Weatherbys Insurance Summer Sprint at Redcar.

Bentong looked a class act when he recorded a narrow but convincing success in the £50,000 (€73,200) Weatherbys Insurance Summer Sprint at Redcar.

The Paul Cole-trained colt had been off the track since disappointing on soft ground at York’s May meeting.

He was then cast in his box before being sidelined by “rather a technicality” but he came back looking in magnificent condition and on more suitably fast going he put up a taking performance under 9st 7lb.

Nelson de Souza, reducing his burden by a crucial 3lb, soon had the 4-1 shot travelling well on the heels of the leaders as Gallery Girl set a good pace.

Bentong moved up to challenge over a furlong out but started to edge left.

However, de Souza had matters in hand and he kept his mount going to catch Gallery Girl (25-1) close home and net the winner’s purse of £32,385 (€47,400) by half a length. Damika (20-1) was just a neck back in third.

Things got pretty tight inside the final furlong and the stewards looked into possible interference concerning the winner and the third.

They found de Souza guilty of careless riding in that he failed to make sufficient effort to keep his horse straight and banned him for one day (August 3).

“I tried to be handy but he was a little bit keen early and when I changed my hands he started hanging a little bit,” explained de Souza. “But I was always confident he would get there.

“He’s a lovely horse and I think he’s a Group horse.”

As a result of the victory Bentong was given a quote of 12-1 from 20-1 for the Vodafone Stewards’ Cup by William Hill.

Bargain buy Rose Bien (4-1) continued to pay her way when she made it four wins from her last five starts with a cosy two-length verdict over Best Port in the Hot Chocolate Plays Redcar, August 24, Apprentice Handicap.

Connections gave 1,000 guineas for the daughter of Bien Bien as a yearling and after being patient they are now reaping the reward.

Trainer Charlie McBride said: “We bought her very cheaply and we gave her loads of time and now she’s an improving all the time.

“She doesn’t get a penalty so she’ll probably run at York on Saturday off the same mark of 61.

“We’ll step her up and the dream is she might be in the Cesarewitch in October.”

Markington gained just reward for some consistent efforts when he finally opened his account at the 10th time of asking in the Gaffney Industrial & Welding Supplies Handicap.

Jamie Spencer bided his time on the 6-4 favourite as Shaydreambeliever set a steady pace in the 11-furlong contest.

The tempo increased half a mile from home but Spencer had the move covered and produced Markington to lead approaching the final furlong.

Once in front the market leader kept on to score by a length and a quarter from Fire Two.

Trainer James Bethell said: “He deserved that but Jamie had to work hard on him.

“Jamie said he’d get a mile and a half but he said the horse is bone idle and nearly gave first place away.”

Pires, a disappointing second at Catterick last time, went one better in the EBF Brooke Equine Charity Maiden Stakes.

Mick Channon’s youngster had previously finished a good fourth at Royal Ascot and he was sent off at 4-9 to repeat that level of form this time around.

He justified the support by making all the running under Tony Culhane to beat White Deer by an easy two and a half lengths.

“He just needed a more galloping track. Catterick was no good to him,” Culhane said.

Danny Tudhope needs just three more winners to lose his claim after landing the Electrolux Handicap on Northern Chorus.

The apprentice had the 7-2 favourite smartly into his stride and was soon making the running in the five-furlong dash.

Tudhope just had to keep the gelding up to his work in the closing stages to hold off Lyndalee by a length much to the delight of the gelding’s owners, the Future Generation.

Northern Chorus had raced wide when well beaten at Catterick last time and was another more at home on the level surface of the Cleveland venue.

“He showed a lot of speed last time but I thought he was going to finish up in the quarry at Catterick,” said trainer Allan Dickman.

“I’m pleased for the syndicate which owns him because they’ve had that many seconds. It’s great to have a winner for them.”

There was another good finish in the Court Homemakers Handicap when Kim Tinkler got Apache Point (8-1) up to beat Parchment a short head.

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