Kay Gee Bee lands Ripon crown

Richard Fahey may have been out of luck with Wootton Bassett in the French Guineas but his excellent form continued as Kay Gee Bee landed the feature race at Ripon.

Richard Fahey may have been out of luck with Wootton Bassett in the French Guineas but his excellent form continued as Kay Gee Bee landed the feature race at Ripon.

In what made a refreshing change for Sunday racing, there was £18,000 (€20,668) on offer in the Ripon, Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse Handicap and the course was rewarded with a highly competitive field.

Kay Gee Be has thrived since moving to north Yorkshire from the Newmarket yard of William Muir and having won on his debut for the yard at Windsor, he was just touched off at Newmarket last time out.

He normally makes the running but with Space War and Snow Bay forcing a brisk early gallop, Tony Hamilton was content to sit in fourth place before kicking on running into the dip.

The 100-30 favourite held off the fast-finishing Dubai Dynamo by half a length.

Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan said: "He was flat out with two to run but he kept going. Tony gave him a great ride.

"He's shown he is versatile now and that he doesn't have to lead.

"Tony thought they were going a suicidal pace so he dropped him in and used Plan B.

"He's a good work horse and we're having some fun with him."

David O'Meara's star continues to rise and after he went close in the Yorkshire Cup with Blue Bajan last week, he produced Pepper Lane (10-1) to win first time out for the second year running in the C.B. Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup.

The filly was racing off just 56 at Redcar last season, however, and defied a mark of 74 on this reappearance.

She bounced out of the stalls under Danny Tudhope and never saw another rival in winning by three and a half lengths.

Winning part-owner Dave Lumley said: "I shouldn't have sold half a share in her should I!

"We didn't think she was ready for today and Danny said she blew up a furlong and a half out but she kept going.

"I only had a poxy £20 on her.

"She's only small but has got a big heart. I'll leave where she goes next up to David."

Punters who follow Tim Easterby in two-year-old maidens at Ripon never go far wrong and the old adage proved true again as 16-1 chance Piece By Piece just held off the favourite Grand Gold by a nose in the SIS Live Maiden Stakes.

The fact that Easterby had two other runners in the race in Arrowroot and Regal Acclaim slightly clouded the issue somewhat, though.

Graham Gibbons was the man on board and it was either luck or good judgment that saw him lead right on the line.

Chris Musgrove, son of winning owner Joseph, said: "That wasn't expected at all, Tim thought he would need the run.

"My dad would have loved to be here but he's recovering from an operation."

Butler (12-1), just six lengths behind Jan Vermeer at Gowran in September 2009, swooped fast and late to win the Middleham Trainers Association Handicap.

Now with Luca Cumani, he was having just his second run since transferring from the care of Ger Lyons.

Jonny Lesters Hair was 10 lengths clear turning in but first Sharakti and then City Of Kings came to challenge before JP Guillambert produced a winning run.

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