Golden Graham swoops at Wolverhampton

  • Last Updated: January 21 2013, 18:02 GMT

Graham Gibbons continued his fine start to the year when taking his tally to 11 winners within just three weeks with victory on Maypole Joe at Wolverhampton.

Tom Eaves: Double-winning form at Wolverhampton

He resisted the temptation of going to the Far East for the second successive winter to try his luck at home, and it is paying dividends.

Gibbons got Maypole Joe (4/1) off the mark at the 13th attempt as he defied top weight in the Get The Inside Track At Handicap.

The David Evans-trained three-year-old made all of the running and bounded clear to win by two and a quarter lengths from Armada Bay.

"They were a bad bunch, but I made the best of my way home and I was pretty confident turning in," said Gibbons.

"I went to Macau last year and I was going to go after Christmas, but I thought I'd see how things went. I'm doing well enough so there's no reason to go anywhere."

Gerard Galligan enjoyed his first winner on the Flat when steering Michael Chapman's Monzino (12/1) to a seven-length romp in the Casino At Handicap.

The Irish-born 7lb claimer has had two victories over jumps.

"That's my first winner on the Flat in three years. I rode two over jumps," said Galligan.

"It's taken some time but it's coming together now.

"He was down in grade and did it really well. The plan was to have him handy and kick on in the straight."

Red Somerset registered his 18th career success, and his seventh on this course, when running away with the Winners Love Selling Stakes.

The even-money favourite, trained by Mike Murphy, powered to a seven-length verdict over Jack Who's He in the hands of Kieran O'Neill.

"I've ridden him 12 times and won six on him and finished second in four," O'Neill told At The Races.

"He's a horse every trainer wants in this grade."

Danny Tudhope's tactics of always having Rapid Heat Lad (13/2) up with the pace proved decisive as he guided the Reg Hollinshead-trained four-year-old to victory by a length and a half from Alborz in the Handicap.

"I was told to be as handy as I can. I wasn't quite happy with the pace early on so I decided to take it up," said Tudhope.

"I didn't want to turn it into a sprint and I wanted to make as much use of him as I could."

Tom Eaves produced the Robert Cowell-trained Cardinal (6/1) in the final furlong to take the Exclusive Free Bets At Handicap by a length and a half from Desert Strike.

"He ran well the last day over six. The deep surface - he's by Pivotal - suited him," Eaves said.

Eaves doubled up on hot-pot Exning Halt (2/7 favourite) in the Free Bets Galore At Maiden Stakes.

A 36,000-guineas purchase out of James Fanshawe's yard, the four-year-old also swept home by seven lengths on his first run for North Yorkshire trainer John Quinn.

Noble Jack (11/4) added to his victory here at the start of the month by claiming the Download Mobile App Handicap.

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