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Harrison George's mind set on win.

RICHARD Fahey and stable jockey Paul Hanagan continued their flying start to the season with a Pontefract double courtesy of Harrison George and Albaqaa. The former, conceding weight all round in the Dalby Stand Handicap, came with a strong run to lead inside the final quarter mile and passed the post with seven lengths to spare over Marvo.

Fahey's assistant, Robin O'Ryan, said of the 11-2 chance: "We did not know whether he got the trip (a mile) or not in the Lincoln as he saw too much daylight.

"His owner (Phil Smith) lives in York so I am sure he will want him to run there at the May meeting, but I don't know in what race yet."

It was a much closer call for Albaqaa (9-4 favourite) but he battled on gamely inside the final furlong of the Paddock Package Handicap ahead of Distant Memories and Shadows Lengthen.

O'Ryan added: "Albaqaa has deserved to win a good race, he was drawn badly in the Magnet Cup (at York) last season and he missed the break in the Lincoln.

"He half-missed the break again today, but Paul said it probably helped as he was able to get him settled.

"If there is anything for him at York he'll go there too."

Apprentice Billy Cray gave Richard Guest's Dan Buoy (20-1) a splendid ride to win the Jamaican Flight Handicap.

Cray clearly had no worries about his mount getting the two and a quarter miles and, having sent him to the front from the outset, held off Bold Adventure by half a length. Guest said: "I thought he would win, he is a decent horse if he gets his own way in front.

"If he is OK he will come back here next week for the 'Marathon'. If not, there are plenty of similar races here for him later on."

Fahey and Hanagan came desperately close to completing a treble with Fairy Shoes in the pontefract-races.co.uk Maiden Fillies' Stakes but she was caught in the last strides by the Shane Kelly-ridden Maid In Heaven, who won by a head.

Zuider Zee, Newmarket trainer John Gosden's only runner at the meeting, made a successful trip to Yorkshire in the High-Rise Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

It was a close call, however, as long-time leader Forsyth kicked off the bend and went for home with real urgency. But Robert Havlin brought the 2-1 scorer with his challenge on the outside and managed to collar Forsyth in the last strides.

Bryan Smart continued his fine start to the season when Tangerine Trees won the first division of the Annual Badge Holders Handicap. The 13-2 shot was brought with a good run by Tom Eaves to lead inside the final furlong and found just enough to hold Sea Crest by a head.

Smart's assistant Kevin Edmunds said: "Tangerine Trees works like a good horse at home, but on the course he only ever wins narrowly. He is a big horse and is only just coming into himself."

Cornus (6-1) denied course specialist Mr Wolf in division two of the six-furlong handicap, while Woody Waller (8-1) claimed the concluding Racing Next Monday Apprentice Handicap.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2010
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