Golden Groom success at Ripon

Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Peter Beaumont broke new ground when Golden Groom gave him his first success on the Flat under rules in the Bishopton Handicap at Ripon.

Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Peter Beaumont broke new ground when Golden Groom gave him his first success on the Flat under rules in the Bishopton Handicap at Ripon.

Golden Groom was having his first outing since September 2007 and making his debut for the Brandsby handler in the mile-and-a-half contest.

Sent off at 8-1, Golden Groom showed no ill effects from his 631-day absence, digging deep to hold the challenge of Summer Lodge by a head in the hands of Andrew Elliott.

Beaumont, who sent out Jodami to land chasing's blue riband in 1993 and has held a licence for 22 years, said: "I did win the Newmarket Town Plate (widely recognised as the oldest Flat race in the country) with Gale Force, but this is our first on the Flat proper.

"We did not known what a swine of a horse Golden Groom was when we bought him. He will bite and kick you and really mean it - you can go round the stables at bedtime and sometimes you can stroke his head but another time he will go for you.

"He was bought to go hurdling but his owner, Colin Stirling, likes staying horses so we will stay on the Flat for a while."

Apprentice Jamie Kyne has hit a purple patch and he took his score for the season into double figures when getting his boss John Quinn's Grazeon Gold Blend home in dramatic fashion in the Nick Wilmot Smith Memorial Handicap.

Bel Cantor led at half way but he was collared inside the final furlong by Vhujon, who was then mugged close home by Grazeon Gold Blend (10-1).

Quinn said: "He often uses up too much energy going to the start, once he takes off he goes 30 miles per hour!

"He is not an easy horse but Jamie is only 7st and he went down best for him. He likes this track, he does not seem to like going round a bend."

Kyne has been with the Malton trainer for 18 months and Quinn added: "Horses run for Jamie. You could see today he did not beat Grazeon Gold Blend, he just cajoled him."

Kelly Harrison who partnered Bel Cantor was suspended for one day (June 21) for not riding to her draw."

Sam Hitchcott made a quick visit to the Yorkshire course pay off when Mick Channon's Di Stefano (2-1 favourite) made it third-time lucky with a two-and-three-quarter-length success in the opening EBF Shirley Jones Cling To 49 Maiden Stakes.

Hitchcott said: "We were drawn on the outside so I made use of his experience and he was very professional, although he did have a look at the grandstand in the closing stages so there should be improvement to come."

Richard Whitaker sent out the winner of the NFU Mutual Challenge Handicap for the second successive year when Joinedupwriting (5-2) just prevailed by a neck under a fine ride from Paul Mulrennan.

Whitaker said: "We won the race with Moonstreaker 12 months ago and he would have run in it again if it had been soft ground, but it was good to firm so we brought Joinedupwriting.

"Tony Hamilton had ridden him the last twice, but he had to go to Southwell so we got Paul and he gave the horse a cracking ride."

Mulrennan rode two winners at Carlisle on Monday and he doubled up again on the James Given-trained Veroon (11-8 favourite) in the Studley Maiden Stakes.

Given said: "I think there is more to come from him. We will look for a handicap and step him up to a mile and a quarter."

Fastnet Storm (4-1) looked a gelding on the upgrade when gaining a convincing success under Micky Fenton in the Weatherbys Finance Handicap.

Trainer Tom Tate said: "Hopefully this horse will go on. Micky loves him, when he came into the paddock he said 'I am really looking forward to this'.

"Micky is riding out of his skin, he is a very good horseman."

Francis Walsingham, Hughie Morrison's only runner at the meeting, justified 10-11 favouritism under Steve Drowne in the concluding Levy Board Maiden Stakes.

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