Kempton winner for sale
Alan Swinbank is looking forward to seeing Fourth Generation kick off a career over hurdles in the not-too-distant future after he got back on the winning trail on the Flat at Kempton.
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The five-year-old snapped a winless streak of almost two years when successful at Hamilton in early May and has run plenty of good races in defeat since over distances ranging from 10 furlongs to a mile and five furlongs.
Tackling two miles for the first time in the Calverts Carpets York Handicap, the 7/1 chance was ridden with restraint by Robert Winston before being unleashed with his challenge at the top of the home straight.
The northern raider relished the trip to battle his way into the lead and just hold off the fast-finishing favourite Thecornishcockney by a neck.
Swinbank said: "He's a nice horse and we've been happy with his last few runs, he's just been finding one or two too good.
"We thought the step up to two miles would suit him and he's proved us right, so we're very happy with him.
"We might find another two-mile handicap for him and see how we get on, but he will go over hurdles at some stage.
"I had one of the top northern jockeys in to school the other day and this horse jumps like a stag - he flies over them - and he is for sale."
Wolverhampton maiden winner Jodies Gem comfortably followed up on his handicap debut in the Betdaq Casino Games Nursery.
William Jarvis' 7/2 chance was moving ominously well rounding the home turn and he picked up well without jockey Graham Lee having to get too serious to beat Canadian Run by three-quarters of a length.
Jarvis said: "I'm very pleased and I think he is growing up a bit.
"He got the mile well and I think that was a better performance than the one he produced at Wolverhampton. Hopefully he can go on and win again.
"We'll see what the handicapper does and see what races there are for him."
Lee later doubled up on Milton Bradley's Temple Road (9/2) in the MPR Solicitors Classified Stakes.
Having hit the crossbar on multiple occasions Kalokagathia finally secured a deserved victory in the Back And Lay At betdaq.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Jo Crowley's three-year-old had filled the runner-up spot five times on the bounce but made no mistake as the 8/13 favourite, making every yard of the running under Ian Mongan to beat Excellent Jem by four lengths.
Crowley said: "He's no superstar, but he's my superstar.
"He's as game as you like and he's just been unlucky to bump into some very good horses.
"He ran to the line bless him and I think the handicapper has him about right. He's rated 74 and he beat a 70-rated horse. I don't think he's any better than that."
Bobby Two Shoes was a 33/1 winner of the Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Brett Johnson's youngster finished down the field when 200/1 for his debut at Windsor in July, so it was no surprise to see him again sent off as an outsider for his second start.
However, he was never far off the pace under Eddie Ahern and having quickened to take the lead passing the one-furlong marker, he stuck on well to pass the post three-quarters of a length ahead of Master Wizard.
Johnson said: "Truthfully, I knew he could win today.
"He ran quite well in a good race at Windsor and came out of that race having pulled muscles. He could not move going back to the stables afterwards.
"We got him right, he'd been working over everything at home and I couldn't believe what price he was today.
"We'll go through the handicaps now and see how far he can go."
The Luca Cumani-trained Ajman Bridge (20/1) made a stylish debut in division one of the Betdaq Mobile Apps/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.
Favourite backers got back on the winning trail in the second division as 7/2 shot Ningara and David Probert comfortably held off Cumani's Mallory Heights by a length and three-quarters.
Mr Knightly (5/2 favourite) claimed the Time Ordered Cards In Racing Plus Handicap.