Jockey Tom Eaves on Maid In India at Haydock Park.
  • Bookies running scared – with 9 horse 716,454 winning accumulator!

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent

NEWBURY bookies were running scared on Saturday – following selecting FOUR winners – and two each way placed selections –  at the seven racecard meeting.

Cherokee (8-13), Maid In India (12-1) backed down from 33-1, 48 hours before the race, trained by Eric Alston and ridden by Jamie Spencer; Desert Encounter (9-4) and Raaeq (6-4), returned a 170-1 four horse winning accumulator selections.

Great Example (10-1) and Quarry Beach  (13-2) were each-way selections, placed at Newbury.

At Newmarket Nazeef (6-4) and at Wolverhampton, Redemptive (12-1) selections, returned to the winner’s enclosure.

Bollin Joan (15-2) was a winning selection at Catterick; with War Glory (3-1) and Junior Rip (5-1) obliging selections at Chelmsford.

The 9-horse winning accumulator selections returned odds of 716,454-1.

A plethora of each-way selections also rolled in. At Newbury,  Impressor (10-1) and Quarry Bank (13-2) were placed.

At Ayr, Yoshimi (8-1) was unlucky, when beaten into second place in a photo finish; Gulliver (8-1) ran third in the Gold Cup; and Nicholas T (15-2) also went down in a photo finish.

At Catterick, each-way selections Trouble And Strife (4-1) and Suitcase ‘N’ Taxi (8-1), were placed; with Senorita Grande (7-2) going down by a short head at Chelmsford.

Angel Alexander (28-1) landed the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, with selection Gulliver (backed down from 33-1) to finish third, in the 25 runners field, at 8-1.

Angel Alexander, trained by Tom Dascombe, landed the winner’s purse – but he failed to arrive at the course, due to train travel problems.

Angel Alexander beat Growl (28-1) by half a length, with Gulliver (8-1) third and stablemate, Summerghand (11-1) fourth. Buffer Zone was a disappointing favourite.

“I was disappointed I couldn’t get there – because the train was delayed,” rued Dascombe.

“It didn’t change the result and Richard (Kingscote) gave it an amazing ride – the horse is very genuine – it’s like a fairytale,” said Dascombe.

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