Kirk thinking positive

Sylvester Kirk is hoping he can “kick-start” his season after recording a welcome winner at Bath.

Sylvester Kirk is hoping he can “kick-start” his season after recording a welcome winner at Bath.

Lambourn-based Kirk has been quieter than usual recently but Aide Memoir scored a shade cosily in the toteplacepot Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The 4-1 shot finished rapidly under smart apprentice William Buick, who was adding to his fine double at Goodwood on Saturday, and pulled a length and a half clear of Nothing Likea Dame.

Kirk reported: “One of the Tote representatives, Julie Beresford, had burned her clutch out up the hill on the way to the racecourse, so we gave her a lift.”

Kirk was swiftly reunited with Beresford for the trophy presentation and added: “I had a winner last week but it took me five months this year to get on the board. Hopefully this can kick-start things.”

However, there was not such good news for Hadden Frost, who was given a 14-day ban (June 26- July 9) for his ride on the Ron Hodges-trained Chemise in the same race.

Chemise’s saddle had slipped and she bolted at the start before running wide in the race itself and eventually finishing ninth.

The stewards stated she “appeared to be tenderly ridden throughout” while Frost, who will consider an appeal, said she had hung right through greenness.

Hodges was fined £3,000 while Chemise will be banned for 40 days.

The suspension completes a miserable spell for Frost, who was handed riding bans totalling 14 days in a three-day period at the beginning of the month.

Ralph Beckett’s Tibouchina took the toteexacta Fillies’ Handicap by two and a half lengths.

The grey was upped to nearly a mile and a half and given a cool James Doyle ride to win with a bit in hand.

Brendan Powell reckons Tender The Great is a different filly on a fast surface and she returned to winning ways with a two-length victory under Richard Kingscote in the totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap.

Private Peachey (6-4 favourite) took his rivals apart in the totecourse to course Handicap and rider James Millman, who was able to take a leisurely glance over his shoulder as he eased up to three lengths at the post.

“That’s a good family success as James’s brother Patrick rides the horse out every day,” said winning trainer and Millman’s father Rod.

Hugh Bowman can rarely have ridden in a more modest affair than the Handicap but was still beaming as he was greeted into the winner’s enclosure aboard veteran Siena Star (12-1).

Stef Liddiard has been campaigning the nine-year-old on the all-weather recently but a return to grass seemed to suit as he obliged by a length and a quarter in a dour struggle.

Jeremy Naylor’s Jayer Gilles (12-1) broke his duck at the 22nd time of asking in the Handicap and was pressed home by Kevin Ghunowa.

Barry Savage was unscathed after falling off after a nasty incident in the stalls for the tote text betting 60021 Handicap, although his ride Ludovico paid the ultimate penalty.

The dash went to champion jockey Ryan Moore riding Mark Brisbourne’s Roman Maze (8-1), who just got up in a blanket finish.

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