Callan at the double in Catterick

Jockey Neil Callan is in top form at present and he made it nine winners in the past seven days when completing a near 10-1 double on Rio Taffeta and Bahamian Ballet at Catterick.

Jockey Neil Callan is in top form at present and he made it nine winners in the past seven days when completing a near 10-1 double on Rio Taffeta and Bahamian Ballet at Catterick.

Rio Taffeta (6-4 favourite) took up the challenge in the Subscribe Online At Selling Stakes having won a similar race at Windsor two runs ago.

Sent to the front with two furlongs to run, he wandered around a little but Callan kept him going well to hold off Freudian Slip by one and a quarter lengths.

Winning trainer Peter Grayson had elected to go to Lingfield, but Rio Taffeta’s owner Richard Teatum was present and he had to go to 10,200 guineas to retain the gelding at the ensuing auction.

He said: “I couldn’t let him go. Neil said he would win a little handicap so we will look for something suitable for him now.”

Bahamian Ballet’s three previous wins had all been at Windsor but he showed he can handle Catterick pretty well too as he took the Book Online At Handicap in good style.

Trainer Ed McMahon said of his 100-30 favourite: “He is a very genuine type of horse and we will have to see what the handicapper will do with him now.

“An easy five furlongs suits him and I suppose he could go back to Windsor.

“The ground could not have been that soft here today because he would not have gone on it if it had been.”

Kalhan Sands (40-1) had finished only 10th when Duke Of Touraine and Feisty Royale were fifth and third respectively at Carlisle a month earlier.

However, Alan Swinbank’s charge turned the tables in the second division of the Eat, Sleep At The Nags Head, Pickhill Maiden Stakes.

Taking up the running over a furlong out under Tadgh O’Shea, the locally-trained runner kept going to win by one and three-quarter lengths from Feisty Royale, with Duke Of Touraine a further neck away in third.

Swinbank was represented by former jockey Roddy Lappin, who said: “I am assistant to Alan, under his main assistant Bill Haigh.

“Kahlan Sands improved from his first run and he did it well.”

O’Shea matched Callan’s feat when doubling up on the Mick Channon-trained Tamara Moon (12-1), who had a length to spare over favourite Nine Stories in the TurfTV A Matter Of Course Nursery Handicap.

Epsom trainer Jim Boyle broke new ground when he sent out The Game on the 520-mile round trip to land the first division of the six-furlong maiden.

The Game, who had finished last of five on his debut at Musselburgh, struck the front inside the final quarter-mile under Pat Cosgrave before drawing away to beat Ramatni by two and a half lengths.

Boyle was landing a first winner at the track and his representative, Mark Pattinson, said: “We came here a couple of years ago and had a second.

“He idled in front but he was travelling well and had to go when he did.”

Scott Mason showed his former boss David Nicholls how to do it when She’s Our Beauty got the better of Danish Blues in the Go Racing At York Tomorrow Night Claiming Stakes.

She’s Our Beauty (5-1), who was ridden by Duran Fentiman, got the better of Nicholls’ runner-up by a length and a half.

Mason said: “I worked for Dandy for six or seven years before I started training myself seven months ago.

“We only have six horses but that is our third winner and they are all running well – my old boss has taught me too well.”

Michael Dods’ decision to bring Charles Parnell (3-1 favourite) out again just two days after winning at Ayr, paid off when the gelding defied a penalty under Phillip Makin in the Racing UK For £15 Per Month Handicap.

Dods said: “He has been a bit frustrating because he has tended to pull himself up when he hits the front.

“Maybe he has turned the corner now and the Ayr win gave him confidence.”

Toby Atkinson gained his first success when taking the closing Willie Carson-Pinker’s Pond Apprentice Handicap aboard the Bob Johnson-trained Dispol Peto (12-1).

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