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Chester: Gollings gushes after Walker ride.

Byline: Tom O'Ryan

Simon Walker, who rode the winner of the Arab race on the previous day's programme, shone yet again in the 12-furlong amateur riders' handicap when riding an enterprising front-running race on Castleshane.

"There are amateurs and there are amateurs," said winning trainer Steve Gollings, leaving nobody in any doubt that Walker fits into the more professional category among the unpaid ranks.

Gollings had hoped to win the Amateurs' Derby at Epsom at the beginning of the week with Castleshane, but was forced to settle for minor honours behind Red Lion, who finished unplaced this time.

"I was pretty cheesed off that we didn't win at Epsom because we'd laid him out for the race, but things just didn't pan out right for him," said the Lincolnshire trainer.

"The plan today, especially on this course, was to make plenty of use of him, and Simon has judged it to perfection."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2002
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