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Holland notches 119-1 double; ASCOT.

Darryll Holland is enjoying by far his best season and took his score to 117, just two behind second-placed Frankie Dettori, with a 119- 1 double on Robin Land and Trident, writes Graham Dench.

Robin Lane was scoring for the fourth time since joining Mark Johnston at the start of the season when just getting the better of Elhayq and Billaddie in the `showcase' mile-and-a-half handicap, sponsored by William Hill, although this was the first time Holland has won on her.

Trident, who came from off the pace to beat Ghalib and odds-on Duck Row in the mile conditions race, has had a much quieter time, and his success here was a tribute to the skills of Sir Michael Stoute, which were recognised yesterday morning by his appointment to train for the Queen.

Harry Herbert, representing owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd, praised Stoute for his patience but revealed that this might be the colt's last run for the stable.

"He's in the Horses In Training Sale, and if he goes there he'll hopefully be one of the star lots," he commented, adding that the Highclere team will now "have to have a good think about it".

nHolland was only narrowly denied a treble when Equity Princess just came off worst with 20-1 chance Lilli Claire after a ding-dong battle for the Hearing Dogs For Deaf People October Stakes.

The winner, a one-time plater, was picking up her third Listed prize since she joining David Elsworth following George Foster's retirement. Tim Sprake has been on board each time.

Richie Forristal, already successful eight times over jumps this season, landed his first win on the Flat when giving the frustrating Fletcher the coolest of rides to head Whitechapel close home in the amateur riders' handicap.

The 17-year-old, succeeding where some of the top riders have failed, has been with Kim Bailey for two years and came highly recommended to Fletcher's trainer Hughie Morrison, who was thrilled with what he described as "a corker of a ride".

Morrison, however, admitted it was "embarrassing" to beat a horse of the Queen's, especially as Whitechapel was Lord Huntingdon's last runner for her at Ascot.

Gerard Butler might have handled `only' four winners since setting up at Blewbury to train principally for Eric Penser.

But two of those wins have come in reasonably high profile races at Ascot, and while Compton Arrow might not be quite such a good prospect as Compton Admiral, his other Ascot winner and already pencilled in for both the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby, he has the makings of a useful three-year- old.

Kieren Fallon, as persuasive as ever in forcing the winner back up to beat Mitcham, was certainly impressed with the colt, who is unlikely to run again this year.

The nursery went to Nasheed, who battled back to score by a head after Parisien Star had seemingly come to win his race. The filly, trained by John Dunlop and ridden by Richard Hills, is a daughter of Ribblesdale Stakes winner Thawakib.

Easiest winner of the day, despite a margin of just half a length, was Danegold, on whom Richard Quinn was at his cheekiest in the two-mile handicap. This was the six-year-old's seventh win since the end of July, three of them having been over hurdles.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Dench, Graham
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 10, 1998
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