Mamlook wins Chester Cup for Pipe

05 May 2010 01:52
Favourite Mamlook won the Chester Cup for trainer David Pipe after edging out Tastahil in a thrilling photo finish.The high-class hurdler, a 7-1 chance, showed his class on the Flat with victory by a head in the staying handicap for rider Richard Hughes. [LNB]Earlier, Gertrude Bell landed the Cheshire Oaks under William Buick. [LNB]The 5-2 favourite, owned and bred by the trainer John Gosden's wife Rachel, won from heavily-backed Acquainted (8-1) with ChampagneLifestyle third. [LNB]Gertrude Bell's odds for the Investec Oaks at Epsom in June were cut from about 33-1 to 20s. [LNB]The filly is named after the archaeologist and writer who played a leading role in establishing the modern state of Iraq. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on Chester meeting Manchester United striker Michael Owen was out of luck in the Chester Cup with Nemo Spirit, the horse he part-owns. [LNB]But the stable owned by Owen made a winning start to the meeting thanks to 12-1 shot Julius Geezer, ridden by Richard Kingscote for trainer Tom Dascombe. [LNB]He saw off all-comers in the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes, a race sponsored by Owen's yard. [LNB]The Chester Cup is the feature race on the opening day of a meeting, which traditionally welcomes more than 60,000 racegoers over three days, including a party of Manchester United footballers.[LNB]Man Utd players Nani and John O'Shea celebrate a winnerBarry Hills was denied a fifth victory in Wednesday's feature race, with 22-1 outsider Tastahil, as dual-purpose performer Mamlook swooped for glory on the Roodee. [LNB]Hughes had recommended the race to trainer Pipe after the pair finished strongly for second in the Cesarewitch last year. [LNB]Winning owner Peter Deal, whose colours have been carried over jumps by the likes of 1997 Champion Hurdle winner Make A Stand, said: "He's an absolutely wonderful horse to have. [LNB]"I've always wanted a proper dual-purpose horse and this is the fellow." [LNB][LNB]Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks[LNB]1 Gertrude Bell (John Gosden) William Buick 5-2 fav2 Acquainted 8-13 Champagnelifestyle 11-27 ran Dist: ¾, hd[LNB] Chester Cup 2m 2f 147yds [LNB]1 Mamlook (David Pipe) Richard Hughes 7-1 fav2 Tastahil 22-13 Halla San 9-14 Majestic Concorde 14-117 ran. hd, ¾, shd

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