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Distant Times speeds in first.

Tim Easterby sent out his first winner of the Flat season when Distant Times made every yard to beat Muy Bien by two-and -a-half lengths in the Dunchurch Classified Stakes at Warwick yesterday.

Easterby had gone 54 days since his previous success, but judging from the way Distant Times justified 5-4 favouritism, the colt should be able to pick up a handicap with cut in the ground.

That factor is important to the winner, according to jockey Kevin Darley, who said: "On this ground he has so much natural speed that he just outgallops them, and I think this will have done his confidence a lot of good."

Distant Times is owned by Allan Belshaw, managing director of Times of Wigan, in whose name he races, and he said: "I think the seven furlongs caught him out on his comeback at Doncaster, but if we can find similar conditions to today I hope he'll win again.

"All the foals from the dam, including Forever Times and Majestic Times, are winners."

The stewards were in action after the length-and-a-half victory of She's Our Lass over Knickyknackienoo in the Wardington Handicap, looking into the improvement in form of Declan Carroll's filly compared to her previous run at Doncaster, in which she was beaten more than 18 lengths.

Carroll told them that She's Our Lass was suited by a drop in class as well as being covered up for a late run on a tight track. They decided not to hold an inquiry.

Carroll, successful with Benbyas at Pontefract yesterday, said: "This filly is as game as a pebble, goes on any ground, and this is her grade."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2004
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