Green Manalishi takes victory at Chester

Green Manalishi cashed in on the late arrival of summer with a gutsy triumph in the feature race at Chester.

Green Manalishi cashed in on the late arrival of summer with a gutsy triumph in the feature race at Chester.

Kevin Ryan's gelding was a victim of the rain-sodden ground in July, having finished down the field at Ascot and at the Curragh.

But quicker going provided optimum racing conditions for the son of Green Desert, an 11-2 chance who had previously done all his winning over the minimum trip.

The former David Arbuthnot inmate was always handy in the hands of Neil Callan as Final Dynasty and Invincible Force took it up inside the last furlong.

Green Manalishi kept up the gallop from a favourable draw, however, and was driven out for a popular victory in the Listed M&S Money Queensferry Stakes.

John Murray, representing Ryan, said: "The ground was right for him this time. It was too soft on his last two runs.

"He's ideally suited by those conditions - six (furlongs) on a tight track is ideal."

Followers of Baltic King were left cursing their misfortune, though, as the 11-4 favourite bumped into South African raider Drayton when sent about his business and came home a short head in arrears.

Although fifth on Drayton, Weichong Marwing still made a profitable first visit to Chester when Rhaam landed the Warwick International Handicap.

The South African jockey, 37, has ridden close to 2000 winners - 50 of which have been at the highest level - but has probably not encountered anything quite like the unique Roodee.

But Marwing is unquestionably a class act and made light work of his course inexperience with a superb ride aboard Barry Hills' 100-30 winner.

Luna Landing appeared to have sneaked it when Paul Mulrennan gained a discernible advantage two out.

But Marwing glided into contention inside the distance to collar Luna Landing and Prelude by a head and the same.

"It's a very tricky track but a decent galloping track, and suits horses with speed," reflected Marwing.

"He did it really nicely and I would like to thank Mr Hills for giving me the opportunity to ride him."

Geoff Snook, representing Hills, added: "He was given a good ride and is in the Doncaster Sales on Thursday - although I'm not sure whether he'll go there."

Robema recorded a third victory from just six starts in a high-octane renewal of the Halliwell Jones BMW - Mile.

The 7-2 chance has been a real find for John Quinn and again illustrated her versatility with a short-head verdict over Gallantry.

Successful jockey Graham Gibbons said: "She was fresh on her first two runs of the season but I got her switched off and everything worked out."

Quick Release made the 360-mile round journey from Newmarket worthwhile with a determined win in the European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes.

Hold The Gold looked the likely winner for a long way after Chris Catlin set a blazing pace from out of stall seven.

But David Simcock's charge, a 4-1 shot, made stealthy progress under Richard Mullen and nabbed the race by half a length.

Jennie Simcock, the winning handler's wife, said: "He's always been a bonny little horse and you don't mind leaving at 5am for winners like that."

Catlin again had to make to with the silver medal in the Cheshire County Council Foster Nursery, which fell to the Kevin May-ridden Fathsta (4-1).

Callan was to have far better luck than his weighing-room colleague after Grand Art (7-2 favourite) provided the Irish rider with a late double in the Betrescue Handicap.

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