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Big Note defies dreadful draw on debut to point to bigger things; CHESTER by Colin Russell.

Star performance Big Note. He overcame what is often viewed as an impossible draw to make a winning debut in the juvenile maiden Quote of the day "John Ferguson ['Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager] is always complaining that I run too many horses the week before Royal Ascot" - Mark Johnston after Jutland's win in the feature race Results and analysis start page 81 THEY can win from stall ten often in a 5f race, but perhaps they have to be a bit special to do so. That was the scenario in the juvenile maiden when Big Note, a newcomer from the Andrew Balding yard, overcame what is usually regarded an impossible draw to win going away by two and three-quarter lengths in the hands of Franny Norton.

The winner is a son of Amadeus Wolf, who is doing so well with his juveniles, and his trainer said: "He's a very nice horse and I'd have fancied him strongly if he had a better draw. Missing the break probably helped him as he could be dropped in and then the gaps came. It was a good ride. He is probably better than a nursery horse, and he may run next at the July meeting."

The status quo regarding the draw was restored in the 71/2f handicap with Fred Willetts, drawn two, making all the running to hold off the persistent challenge of Kingscroft, drawn three. The pair had met in a similar event at the May meeting here when second and fourth behind Crown Counsel.

The winner, who is trained by David Evans, was a first success on the course for his apprentice rider, Matthew Cosham, who said: "He's a big horse and did well to win as he wasn't handling the bends too well."

The day's feature race, the 1m21/2f handicap, went to Jutland, who raced prominently throughout and got home by a neck from Lost In The Moment.

His trainer Mark Johnston said: "It's a good prize to win, but the race presented us with a bit of a dilemma as it comes so close to Royal Ascot. However, I entered him for the Wolferton this morning and this won't stop him running there. He seems to like it here, though."

He was the second leg in a 321-1 treble for jockey Joe Fanning, who had earlier landed the opening 1m4f fillies' handicap on the 11-2 chance Never Can Tell with a typical Fanning ride, dictating the gallop and winding it up in the last 3f before his mount strode away to win by three and a quarter lengths.

She was her trainer Jamie Osborne's only runner of the day, and her owner Dr Marwan Koukash, who also won the featured sprint at York with Lexi's Hero, said: "She's really a two-mile filly so the plan was to make plenty of use of her."

Fanning later partnered Bill Turner's Lord Avon to win the 5f handicap.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2011
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