Coral close book in championship race

Coral have suspended betting on the jockeys’ title race after Jamie Spencer extended his lead over Seb Sanders to eight with victory on Carnival Queen at Yarmouth.

Coral have suspended betting on the jockeys’ title race after Jamie Spencer extended his lead over Seb Sanders to eight with victory on Carnival Queen at Yarmouth.

With Sanders forced to serve the second and final day of a ban, Spencer cashed in with a 7-1 success in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Nursery.

And while Spencer also faces a two-day suspension next week, he is sitting pretty on the 180-mark.

Coral’s David Stevens said: “Although Seb Sanders was as short as 1-5 for the title earlier this month, Jamie Spencer has enjoyed a terrific run of form in recent weeks and, in our opinion, now has an unassailable lead.”

Spencer’s latest triumph came in typical style via a superbly hold-up ride on the James Fanshawe-trained filly.

The joint top weight, who is set to go to the sales in Newmarket this week, was angled towards the stands rail over a furlong out and ran on readily to notch her first career win after a couple of near-misses.

Matthew Sigsworth, representing winning owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “She she has done it well under a big weight and is entered in the Sales on Thursday.”

Also making the news was Adrian McCarthy, who registered a double thanks to victories on Tasheba and Kassuta.

McCarthy returned all smiles from securing the 134-1 brace after Kassuta had done the business at 8-1 in the Weatherbys Printing-sponsored claimer.

He joked: “I’m just getting going now and the championship is over!”

Earlier, McCarthy had partnered Tasheba to success for Newmarket-based Peter Chapple-Hyam, whom he regularly rides work for.

The Dubai Destination colt got off the mark at the third time of asking as McCarthy brought him with a strong run towards the stands rail in the EBF Happy Birthday Penny May Maiden Stakes.

Enjoying the cut in the ground, Tasheba surged past his rivals before mugging long-time leader Double On Red for a neck success at odds of 14-1.

Michael Jarvis was able to celebrate the first winner he has trained for owner Michael Tabor when First Avenue struck at 9-4 in the Aylsham Bathroom & Kitchens Maiden Stakes.

The Montjeu colt made a satisfactory debut at Newmarket earlier in the month and he improved to beat Majeen by two lengths in the hands of Philip Robinson.

Jarvis said: “He has always gone quite well at home and ran a nice race first time out in what looked a decent maiden.

“The ground was really suitable for him and I think he is going to stay well next year.”

Robinson nailed down a double approaching 48-1 when Tudor Prince (14-1) obliged in the six-furlong East Coast Waste Handicap.

The rider was later denied a treble in the concluding Aylsham Slurry Services Handicap as Rose Street failed to master 16-1 winner Kavachi, whose one-length success ensured it was a red-letter day for apprentice Ross Atkinson.

The 7lb claimer rode his first ever winner at the sixth attempt after keeping a cool head when temporarily cramped for space.

Tadgh O’Shea deserves plenty of praise for the ride he gave Ful Of Grace, winner of the Crystal Cleaning-sponsored Selling Stakes.

O’Shea was content to bide his time out the back and saved his mount for a fine late challenge that saw her collar Mark Of The Fen, Satindra and Danum Diva inside the final 100 yards.

After securing a two-length success at 13-2 for Mick Quinlan, the Marju filly was picked up by Martin Pipe for 6,000 guineas at the ensuing auction.

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