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Byline: Salisbury Andrew King

COURSE chairmanJ effSmithhadgone twoyearswithoutawinneratthevenue but has now welcomed back four this seasonafterlandingadoublewithOdin inthe1m2fhandicapand WesternPrize inthe1m6fhandicap.

Smithsaid:"Ilookedat WesternPrize's pricethismorningandthoughtitwasa bit shorter than I had anticipated so I decided to have a silly double on the twohorses-notsosillynowthoughis it?" However, Smith was made to wait beforethefirstlegofthetwo-timerwas confirmed,survivingastewards'inquiry afterOdinswervedacrossthecoursein theclosingstages.

Hesaid:"Odinhasalwaysbeen a difficult ride as he showed whenhittingthefront.Heisin theNewmarketJuly s alesandhas themakeandshapeofajumper but now he has won I am undecided what to do."

WesternPrize's victory was far more straightforward andwinningtrainerRalphBeckettsaid: "He'sbeenaslow-burnerashewasvery immature as a two-year-old and threeyear-oldbuthe'scometohimselfnowand thequickergroundhelpedaswell."

WoodenholdsoffChief Althoughhehadnotcollectedformore than a year, WoodenKing regainedthe winning habit when holding off the attentionsofThe WeeChieftolandthe 5fsenior'ssprinthandicap .

His trainer Malcolm Saunders said: "He got done on the line at Lingfield lasttimeandwentupthreepoundsin the handicap, which I thought might nothelphimhere,buthehasstuckon reallygamelywhentheotherhorsecame athim."

Baldinghappy with When Like his father Ian, who is now on theboardatthe Wiltshire course, Andrew Balding is a trainer to followandwaspleasedwiththe debut-winning performance of Here Comes When in the 7f juvenile maiden .

The youngster is owned by Dr Jim Hayandhiswife Fitri,andBaldingsaid: "He'soneoffivehorseswehaveforthe Hays and I think he's a nice prospect whodidwelltowinashewasnotthe bestawayfromthestalls."

GospelC hoir comesgo od It was a case of 'ouch!' for some in-runningpuntersintheseconddivision ofthe1m2fmaidenafter4-7favourite Gospel Choir thrusted late to beat Checkpoint.

Theeventualrunner-uplookedlikely toprevailintheclosingstagesandwas matchedatthedreaded1.01onBetfair to more than pounds 6,000, whilethewinner touched as high as 55 before coming throughtoprevail.

Well-supportedCruck Having been second in the Chesham at Royal Ascot just over a week ago, Cruck Realtawasalltheragetogoonebetter inthe6fjuvenileconditionscontestbut neededallofCathyGannon'sstrengthin thesaddletogetupanddenylong-time leaderAskTheGuru.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2012
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