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Wonderful Tonight impresses

Wonderful Tonight impresses

Wonderful Tonight impresses

Progressive filly Wonderful Tonight took the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes on the closing day of Glorious Goodwood, when the 4/5 hotpot stayed on stoutly for William Buick to beat 16/1 chance Tribal Craft – who ran a cracker for Oisin Murphy – by two lengths with Albaflora 4/1 third another nine lengths adrift.

Bookmaker reaction was mixed, with BoyleSports cutting her to 9/2 from 8/1 for the Yorkshire Oaks and 6/1 from “eights” for the Arc, but Betfair leave the David Menuisier trained filly at 8/1 for the Parisian showpiece.

She was a late withdrawal from the King George a week before due to fast ground but had ideal soft conditions here at a track quite close to where Menuisier trains and he said:

“She won Group One over a mile and six last year and is a lot stronger this year but William came in and said ‘please don’t run her over a mile and six again’ that trip really is the end of the world for her.”

“She probably has more speed than last season and you could probably get away with stepping her down in trip rather than stepping her up. She will probably have a run in the Yorkshire Oaks or at Deauville next and will then go for the Vermeille or the Arc.”

Buick said: “She doesn’t need to be running over this trip again. To be honest she races like she always does, she’s energetic and I was delighted to get a lead on her. We went slow and she took it up a fair way out, but she has stuck on well to the line.”

Trained

The Michael Dods trained Commance Falls finished with a real rattle for Conor Beasley up the centre of the track to land the Unibet Stewards Cup, the 10/1 shot completing an unusual double when following up a victory in the Scottish Stewards Cup at Hamilton.

Early doors he seemed to be on  the wrong side as Major Jumbo led a cavalry charge up the far rail but he quickened up impressively to beat fast finishing Gulliver 18/1 by a neck with the always prominent 8/1 chance Great Ambassador a close third.

Beasley said: “He’s in great form but the ground was a real unknown yet he seemed to cope all right and once I got him rolling I knew he’d pull out all the stops.

“He really picked up at the two furlong pole and did it well.”

John Quinn’s Mr Wagyu won for the fifth time this season when making most for Jason Hart to win the Stewards Sprint Handicap at 16/1.

“He’s been in tremendous form all Summer, all he’s done is improve and it’s great” said a delighted Quinn.

Wes is real Major hope as a jockey

EXCITING young Limerick jockey Wesley Joyce scored his biggest triumph so far when steering home the Emmet Mullins trained 7/1 chance Crown Major to win the Galway Shopping Centre 100,000 Handicap, the main event on the sixth day of the Galway Festival.

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The 7 lbs. claimer showed great composure when bringing his mount through in second off the home turn and reeling in 11/1 chance Longbourn to score by two lengths with Camorra 14/1 third.

A delighted Mullins said: “It was a brilliant performance, especially from Wesley here in Galway around a tricky track in a big handicap like that. He was very cool on him and we’re delighted. The trip was a worry but he was keen and it might as well have been a mile and a half race.”

“It was a huge pot, a great race and if you’re not in, you can’t win. It was his first run in a handicap here on Tuesday night and the experience stood to him. He’s an exciting horse going forward.”

Joyce said: “He started very smartly and I sat behind the leaders as I thought they were going a bit quick. It’s a big race to win for a 7 lbs. claimer!”

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