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Award-winning Hollinshead celebrates his first treble for five years; WOLVERHAMPTON.

Byline: Will O'Hanlon

REG HOLLINSHEAD, recent recipient of the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Award for 2009, proved he has not lost his touch after 60 years as a trainer by completing a 218-1 treble with Iron Out, Heathyards Junior and African Cheetah.

The treble was a first since 2004 for the Rugeley trainer, who was represented by son Andrew and daughter Sarah.

Iron Out took the first division of the 1m1f amateur riders' handicap, under Stephen Harrison, and Adam Kirby got African Cheetah up close home to win the 1m handicap.

"Iron Out has benefited from a recent step up in trip and has won his last two after a string of seconds," said Andrew Hollinshead. "There's another race for him back here on Boxing Day.

"African Cheetah has only recently joined us from Mark Johnston's stable and we're still learning about him, but he seemed to be on a reasonable handicap mark and we were hoping for the best."

Sarah Hollinshead saddled Heathyards Junior, who was produced late by Graham Gibbons to provide a timely winner for long-standing owner Les Morgan in the 1m maiden.

Sarah Hollinshead said: "This will come as a great boost for Mr Morgan, who is not very well at the moment."

Cozmo Jenks, hat-maker to the great and good - from royalty to Kylie Minogue - was on hand to see her horse Ghufa, who she owns in partnership with Paul Waters and trainer George Baker's wife Candida, win the 1m4f seller under Eddie Ahern to take his course record to three wins from four visits.

"He loves it here - this is his track," said Jenks. "He does tend to idle if things are too easy for him, but we always thought he was going to win."

Ghufa was retained without a bid. Desert Vision landed the second division of the amateurs' race for inform trainer Mick Easterby, with Ollie Greenall coming with a late run to score from Resplendent Ace.

Greenall, who had ridden Le Beau Bai to victory over fences at Chepstow on Saturday, said: "The boss really fancied this one but we were a bit worried the trip might be a bit short, but they went off fast and the leaders gave me a target to aim at."

Gap Princess, trained by Geoff Harker for Brian Morton, was backed from a morning price of 8-1 down to 11-2 for the 6f handicap and, with Chris Catlin deputising for an unwell Franny Norton, the mare justified the support as she won with a bit in hand from Espy.

Empress Leizu made all under Andrea Atzeni to take the 1m claimer, after which Janice Quy's filly was claimed out of Ed Dunlop's yard for pounds 5,000 by Tony Carroll.

Star performance Reg Hollinshead, for his treble Ride of the day Graham Gibbons at his best on Heathyards Junior Which filly ran a blinder on her return? Results and analysis page 57
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2009
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