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Cowell wins come quick as a Flash; Lingfield success is trainer's third in two days.

ROBERT Cowell's stable could hardly be doing better during his brief absence as Flash Crash became the Newmarket trainer's third winner in less than 24 hours in the Cowden Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

Cowell made a flying visit to Dubai to prepare Monsieur Joe for a race at Meydan on Wednesday and also has his Group One winner Prohibit in the Gulf ahead of the Carnival sprints.

Matters at home seem very much in hand, however, and Flash Crash (7-4), who was seventh on his debut at Kempton last month, sprang out of the gates under Shane Kelly (pictured right) and eventually finished five lengths clear of Athletic, who was on his shoulder turning for home.

Cowell's representative Greg Chung said: "That is three winners in two days, as Robert had a double at Wolverhampton last night and Monsieur Joe ran quite well to be sixth at Meydan too.

"He only left for Dubai on Tuesday so we cannot claim any credit. This is very much a Robert Cowell success!" Owner Jim Furlong added: "We must send Robert away more often!

"I have cut back a lot on the horses, but I bred this one and the dam's in foal to Cockney Rebel so we are very pleased."

With only an all-hurdle card at Bangor to offer any variation from the all-weather, this was a particularly low-key afternoon and there were two sellers on the card in Surrey. The Mongan family had a connection in each, with Epsom trainer Laura Mongan helping Charlotte Jenner to ride her first winner in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Selling Stakes.

Jenner found herself in front by default on 25-1 shot Divine Rule and punished her three rivals - including 1-3 favourite Northern Spy. Jenner, 19, from Lancing near Brighton, said: "No one wanted to go in front but when I saw the shadow of the threepole I thought they were coming to get me.

"That was my 17th ride, and my first winner, so I am delighted."

Mongan's husband Ian, who regularly rides for Sir Henry Cecil, put himself on the board with Eagle Nebula (4-6 favourite) in the Marriott Hotel At Lingfield Park Selling Stakes.

Trainer Brett Johnson said: "The horse is just like me - he gets better with age!

"Ian knows him well so I let him get on with it.

"He is not good enough for handicaps any more, so he will stay in this grade."

Neither winners attracted bids in the auctions.

Connections of Aquarian Spirit (9-1) were rewarded for their long journey when the gelding poked his nose in front on the line in a threeway finish to the Place Only Betting At bluesq.com Handicap.

Richard Fahey's runner, who was encountering an all-weather surface for the first time, last won at Redcar in April and had his most recent start at the same Cleveland track in October. Part-owner Philip Cresswell said: "We came down from Derbyshire this morning and that makes it all worthwhile. He does seem to run well fresh and Richard will give him one more run soon before he has a break - he has been in training for a while but has had one or two little niggles."

The 5lb claiming Brazilian Raul Da Silva has a growing fan club which can now include Tim McCarthy as Jimmy Ryan (12-1) powered home clear in the Dormansland Handicap. The trainer, based locally at Godstone, said: "To be fair, the handicapper has given him some chance, but the boy's 5lb has made the difference.

"I might have to run him again here next week if he is OK."

Peter Hiatt managed a double on the card as Maslak (9-4), who had been threatening a return to the winner's enclosure for some time, finally delivered in the Follow Us On Twitter At bluesq Handicap.

Whodunit (6-4 favourite) then strung his rivals out in the Play Da Vinci Diamonds At bluesq.com/games Apprentice Handicap under an assured Lucy Barry.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2012
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