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CATTERICK: Lowther's double.

Carl Lowther took the riding honours, landing a 203-1 double on Astrakan for William Jarvis in the five-furlong juvenile maiden and Ptarmigan Ridge for Linda Perratt in the juvenile conditions event, writes Colin Russell.

The latter was a surprise winner, starting at 50-1 on her debut in the five-horse field. Owned and bred Heather Galbraith, she is a half-brother to Miss Pigalle and was thought to be a first winner for her sire Sea Raven.

Trainer Mick Easterby monopolised the nursery, supplying the first two home, with 16-1 shot Itsanothergirl leading the way.

Ridden by Terry Lucas, she got home by half a length from stable companion Bodfari Signet, a 50-1 shot partnered by Francis Norton.

However, although the trainer thought that the winner would appreciate the rain-softened ground, he was far from certain that it would suit the runner-up.

But those who coupled the pair in dual forecasts were on excellent terms with themselves for they were rewarded with pounds 689.80 to a pounds 1 stake.

Les Eyre, who is based at Hambleton, above Thirsk, sent out his first winner for 19 days when Branston Berry landed the five-furlong handicap.

"My horses have been out of form; this is my first winner since Night Of Glass at Musselburgh last month," he commented.

"They have been coming there going well a furlong out, but then falling in a heap. I was expecting this filly to do the same, but she kept going.

"Funnily enough, I changed all the horses' bedding again this morning. They used to be on shavings, but after we had a poor first half of the year, I though they might be a bit too dusty and put them onto a natural plant substance. But I've just changed them all back to shavings again."

With the stable being so out of form, few of the members of Diamond Racing Ltd backed her, but one punter profited from her win, having struck a pounds 14,000- pounds 1,000 each way on the filly, who was well drawn and had proven form in the ground.

The Mary Reveley horses have been in sparkling form recently, and Once More For Luck, who runs in the colours of the trainer's racing club, duly landed the claimer under Shane Copp to record his third success of the campaign.

Owner-trainer Barry Morgan sent out only his second winner of the year when Needwood Spirit landed the mile-and-three-quarter classified stakes.

"The horses have been running well. I've had lots of places, but only two winners," he said.

Morgan now has a Flat-only licence because, having sold his business in March, he plans to spend at least part of the winter in sunnier climes.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Russell, Colin
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 17, 1998
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