REACTION MAKES VICTORIOUS RETURN

Reaction Makes Victorious Return
Reaction Makes Victorious Return
Sporting Life

James Doyle

Sheena West produced a great training performance as Reaction returned from an 800-day absence to win at Lingfield.

Only three went to post for the Citipost Direct Distributions Classified Selling Stakes, with Reaction the 9-2 outsider of three.

Last seen competing under National Hunt Rules, Reaction had not competed on the level for some 944 days.

Young Harry Poulton, West’s nephew, made every yard of the running on the six-year-old who held off the odds-on favourite Dazzling Valentine by half a length.

“He’s been off the track a long time and I wasn’t going to run him this year because he wants cut in the ground and he’s had leg trouble,” said West.

“When the rain came it meant we were able to get some work into him so he was ready to go.

“He’s been with’me all the time he was off.

“Harry has been around for a while now but doesn’t get chances (as) there’s lots of jockeys. He is my nephew and calls’me Auntie Sheena!”

Roger Charlton’s golden spell continued when Clowance Estate won the News International Maiden Stakes on his debut.

Sent off the 2-1 favourite, he had obviously been doing most things right at home and struck the front a good two furlongs out under James Doyle.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Scottish Vespers, hard at work for some time, just about drew level at one stage and though that rival had the benefit of a previous run, Clowance Estate gamely stuck at it to win going away by a length and three-quarters.

Doyle said: “He did it nicely, I was very pleased.

“At home he’s been slow maturing, but his work had been progressing and he was working better each time and he put it all into practice.

“I was left in front earlier than I wanted and he was having a look around but when the second joined’me, he really dug deep.”

Steely broke his duck at the eighth attempt in the first division of the Menzies Select Handicap.

Ridden by Ryan Moore for his father Gary, the pair made every yard of the running.

Despite being lathered in sweat, Steely quickened up two furlongs out and nothing could go with the 3-1 chance.

Laser Blazer made late progress to take second but he was three and three-quarter lengths away.

A first-time visor worked the oracle on Reggie Perrin (9-4 favourite) in the second division.

Pat Phelan’s four-year-old was an an 11-race maiden before this event but he had shown half-decent form over timber.

Ian Mongan brought his mount out to challenge two furlongs from home and he stayed on strongly to defeat Kucharova by three lengths.

"He’s got a bit of ability over hurdles but he just loses interest in his races, hence the visor," said Mongan.

"As soon as we levelled up, he stayed on really well. I’ve been second on him before but I think he’s grown up a bit now.

"The visor just helped him keep straight which he did do today."

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