Little Edward wins at Lingfield

Little Edward rolled back the years with a thrilling victory in the Ashdown Forest Handicap at Lingfield today.

Little Edward rolled back the years with a thrilling victory in the Ashdown Forest Handicap at Lingfield today.

The 10-year-old came with a sweeping late run on the wide outside in the hands of Steve Drowne to grab the lead in the final 50 yards.

The 16-1 chance stayed on strongly to beat Safari Mischief by three-quarters of a length with Hereford Boy a nose away in third and Elhamri a close-up fourth.

The success came as something of a surprise to trainer Ron Hodges, who felt the grey gelding might not be up to taking this contest as it was his first race since December.

"We were so pleased with him. He'd been working well at home and was really fresh, but we didn't think he could win a race of that class first time up," said Hodges.

"He can only stick so many runs then he gets a bit fed up with it all. He's the sort of horse you have to keep fresh.

"We thought he'd done well, so we gave him a nice, long break and started again. He's been sound and we've had no problems with him.

"I thought he had a good draw and that Steve had thrown that advantage away. It turned out he knew more than what we did.

"I said to the owner (Jim Mursell) he was staying on when the others were stopping."

Darryll Holland stepped in for the injured Seb Sanders to strike on Master Of Arts for Sir Mark Prescott in the Ashurst Wood Handicap.

The 4-5 favourite made hard work of completing a four-timer, however, as he only got home by a neck from The Snatcher.

The Snatcher made a gallant attempt to lead all the way but Master Of Arts was not to be denied as he went between horses to grab the advantage in the last 100 yards.

The son of Swain may well try to make it five in a row as he holds several entries on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Chjimes (7-2) ended a two-month lean spell for trainer Conor Dore when taking the Crowhurst Handicap.

Given a fine ride by Ryan Moore, the four-year-old overhauled long-time leader Glencalvie inside the final furlong.

Chjimes, who was making a quick reappearance after being third at Kempton on Wednesday, went on to beat the fast-finishing 2-1 favourite Count Ceprano by three-quarters of a length. Glencalvie was a head away in third.

"Ryan gave him a good straight-forward ride. The horses have been running well lately," said Dore.

"Chjimes will have come on for that run the other day. He came back a bit fresh - it would have blown the cobwebs away."

Adam Kirby teamed up with Peter Grayson to win the Maureen Brooker Birthday Handicap with Regal Royale.

The five-year-old picked up the lead three furlongs out and stuck on grimly in the closing stages.

The 16-1 chance was just a head in front of Forced Upon Us at the line with Arfinnit third. The 15-8 favourite Duke Of Milan was unplaced.

Grayson completed a 356-1 across-the-card double when Stoneacre Pat (20-1) won the Bet Multiples - Betdaq Handicap at Wolverhampton in the hands of Patrick Mathers.

Gary Moore's Art Preview made a pleasing racecourse debut in the Register Now @ Maiden Stakes.

Ridden confidently by man-of-the-moment George Baker, who scored a four-timer at Newmarket on Saturday, the 9-4 chance ran out an impressive two-and-three-quarter-length winner.

Odds-on favourite Timeteam chased home the winner with 33-1 chance Mean Mr Mustard third.

Nice Matin sprang a 40-1 surprise on her racecourse bow in the Look For Better Odds At Betdaq Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Despite a tardy start, James Toller's three-year-old soon had a midfield position and was brought by 3lb claimer Kirsty Milczarek to make a well-timed challenge.

Despite swishing her tail, Nice Matin got the better of Godolphin's newcomer Emirates Lady to win by a half-length with 50-1 outsider St Trinians third.

Looks The Business (12-1), ridden by 5lb claimer Jack Dean, landed the concluding Bet Euro 2008 - Betdaq Handicap for trainer Bill Turner by a length from Colophony.

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