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Faith Pays Off For Walker
Faith Pays Off For Walker
Sporting Life

Ed Walker's Faithfilly relished the drop back to five furlongs to register her first career success at Sandown.

Weak in the market and sent off 5-2 for the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Sprint Maiden, Faithfilly had finished third on her first three starts.

Despite her price, Neil Callan never looked in any danger in coasting three and a quarter lengths clear of newcomer Hasanan.

"First time she ran at Beverley over five we thought she might want a bit further but she didn't get home at Newbury and Newcastle and it turns out a stiff five just suits her," said Walker.

"Neil said she got through the soft ground but didn't like it. We'll keep our feet on the ground for now."

Young Irish trainer Michael (MD) O'Callaghan is making a bright start to his career and saddled his second British winner in quick succession in the Mediforce Independent Ambulance Handicap.

Bogini was the first at Bath last week and the 13-8 favourite was at the top of her game again to escape from a pocket and quicken two and a quarter lengths clear of Jocasta Dawn.

"We were on the way back home and we got the phone out and found out there was another race over here," said the Kildare trainer.

"She only had a couple of canters and came back over, she travels so well. I'd say her next race will be at Tipperary on June 28.

"I've only had the licence for six weeks, so that's great."

Andrew Balding can start thinking of slightly bigger targets for Operation Chariot (11-4) after a smooth debut victory in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Arcing EBF Maiden Stakes.

The son of Refuse To Bend looked fit in the paddock and travelled nicely under Jimmy Fortune, putting his stamp on the race in the last of the seven furlongs to come five lengths clear of Sublimation (13-8 favourite).

"It's not a complete surprise as he was working well but we were hopeful rather than confident," said the trainer.

"He'll get further and I suppose we could look at something like the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket or back here for the Solario."

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