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Double-up Downey goes down a storm on Calm Bay; LAST NIGHT'S REPORTS.

BELLEWSTOWN ROBBIE DOWNEY took the riding honours with the second double of his career, landing the 5f nursery on the Willie McCreerytrained No Fear and the 5f handicap on Calm Bay for Harry Rogers, writes Tony O'Hehir.

The brace brought the 5lb claimer's career tally to 22 and Rogers praised Downey for his handling of Calm Bay, who scored by three and three-quarter lengths.

"Robbie did exactly as he was told and stayed out near the hurdles track where the ground was definitely better. That made all the difference as Calm Bay isn't a soft-ground horse," said Rogers.

It was win number six for Calm Bay, who is very much a fivefurlong specialist, whereas No Fear was getting off the mark in the nursery, beating Sauanna Belle by a head.

"Robbie's claim counted there. No Fear is more a six-furlong horse and the plan is to run him in the Tattersalls Ireland Sales Stakes at the Curragh.

Hilary's win, under Joseph O'Brien, in the second division of the mile handicap was described by trainer Gerry Stack's wife, Bernie , as a "great tonic" for her husband. She said: "Gerry is in hospital and this will give him a big lift.

"Hilary is tough and will be going back over hurdles. Dylan Robinson and Killian Hennessy deserve a lot of credit as they do a lot of the work with the horse," Ebadani got a second win to go with his string of placed efforts when making all, under Conor Hoban, in the 1m4f handicap.

"He's very genuine. People might have thought otherwise because he was placed so many times but he just came up against some good horses. He got a lovely front-running ride tonight," said trainer Michael Halford.

Derek McCormack was banned for five days for excessive use and told to attend RACE for a day's tuition after finishing second on Corker Hill,who finished second to McTaggart, trained by Liam O'Brien for his sister, Mary, in division one of the mile handicap.

WORCESTER DURING an evening dominated by his former landlord Tony McCoy with four winners, trainer Seamus Durack was replaying a few memories from his youth in Ireland after Paolozzi quickened up in the style of a smart performer in the 2m bumper, writes Rodney Masters.

"I rode my first winner in these colours when I was 16 and the mare of this horse [Miss Eurolink] was there at the time," Durack recalled. The colours belong to owner-breeder Cliff Wilkinson, who lives in Fethard.

When asked if next year's Ebor was on the agenda for Paolozzi, Durack smiled: "He can quicken all right. He's always worked like a decent horse at home but I was just a little worried I'd left him short of peak fitness.

"He can match strides with a Flat horse rated 80 whose trip is a mile and a quarter. Cliff sent him to me with instructions to win a race and then sell. As a result, he'll go to the sales unless sold beforehand."

Durack has one other bumper horse, who is unraced, in his stable at The Croft, and apart from a dual-purpose type, the remaining 19 are for the Flat.

Durack received a "well done, Seamie" from McCoy, who was well beaten into third on the odds-on Boru's Brook.

But it was a rewarding night for the champion, and his magic was on full turbo aboard It Is What It is in the 2m7f handicap chase.

Almost on the floor at the 11th, he then made a bad mistake at the last fence and went three lengths down before he rallied to snatch the lead close home.

McCoy said: "After the mistake at the last I didn't think he'd get back because he's not much. I was nearly gone with that first error down the back."

Was he happy with four winners? "Obviously, I don't know much about gambling but if I was going for the spread I'd say three or four. Two I'd be disappointed. I'm happy with four, but they'll be people out there unhappy I didn't have more."

KEMPTON IT WAS all about the jockeys at Kempton. James Doyle, having ridden a winner at Lingfield in the afternoon, notched a treble on the evening, including a perfectly judged ride aboard Sloane Avenue in the mile feature, writes Chris Humpleby.

"He's a horse I've always liked, but my horses were badly out of form when he disappointed at Newmarket," said winning trainer Jeremy Noseda. "We've taken our time bringing him back, and it was a good performance from him on only his third career start."

William Buick also enjoyed a fruitful night, riding a double, but his gain was Richard Hughes's loss, with the dual champion scheduled to partner Deficit in the 2m handicap only to be stood down after the second on doctor's orders.

Buick was scheduled to ride in the opening handicap, but missed the mount following an interrupted journey across from Lingfield, summarising the logistical situation in a way that will resonate with all who try to commute around London: "M25 - typical!" He did, however, make the track in time to partner Light Fantastic, and an overcast evening in Sunbury did not deter the presence of noble connections, as Lady Derby and friends were in attendance to watch their juvenile grind out a narrow success in the fillies' maiden.

"You don't see lords and ladies at Kempton very often," said Robin Trevor-Jones, travelling head lad to winning trainer Ed Dunlop.

There was no fairytale for the connections of Talent following the news that last year's Oaks heroine had been retired, with her sister, Forte, finishing third. There was, however, plenty to like about her debut effort.

Cam Hardie, the apprentice find of the season, also had a big day. He rode his first winner for Godolphin at Lingfield and repeated the dose on Winter Queen in the mile nursery, completing an across-the-card four-timer for Charlie Appleby.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2014
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