West Lands Lingfield Double
West Lands Lingfield Double
Sporting Life

James Doyle

Sheena West saddled a double on a glorious afternoon at Lingfield.

On a card that mixed turf racing and the all-weather, West was on hand to see long-term absentee Reaction made a victorious return in the Citipost Direct Distributions Classified Selling Stakes.

Reaction had been off the course for 800 days with leg trouble and was nearly given another year off before the recent wet spell enabled West to get some much needed work into him.

Sent off the outsider off three, the 9-2 shot made all under West’s nephew, Harry Poulton, to initiate her brace.

“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!”

Alfraamsey (5-2 favourite) completed the double as he demonstrated his admirable stamina under Jimmy Fortune in the Menzies Distribution Handicap.

“He’s a grand little horse and only does what he has to,” said Fortune.

“I knew I’d stay well so I had to stretch them a long way out, I didn’t want anything coming at’me quick.

“He’s very genuine, he gets the trip well and he’s a pleasure to ride.”

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 a quarter.

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 (3-1) 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.

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.”

Subtle Knife (8-1) was a ready winner of the CitiBet – New Weekly Football Betting Magazine Fillies’ Handicap for Giles Bravery and William Carson.

Tried in Listed company on just her second start, she finally lived up to her tall home reputation.

“When she disappointed at Folkestone we put it down to the track,” said Carson.

“She stayed on nicely at Kempton last time and she’s confirmed what we always thought of her there. I can see her winning again.”

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