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Horse Racing: Black Jacari battles home to get King off mark with juveniles; CHEPSTOW.

Byline: by Andrew King

ALAN KING sent out his first two-year-old winner of the season as Black Jacari tenaciously knuckled down to the business at hand to repel all challengers in the 1m juvenile maiden.

Five horses went into the final furlong with a chance, but it was the Richard Kingscote-ridden colt who emerged the winner, with a neck to spare over Down-hiller.

King's assistant Noel Wilson said: "We thought he had a decent chance today, as he'd run well here in what was probably a better race last month when fifth.

"Obviously he will be a mile-and-a-quarter to a mile-and-a-half horse for next season. We have about nine two-year-olds who, like him, are more long-term projects."

Rowan Lodge managed to land the seller despite steering an erratic course under apprentice Harry Poulton. The Jim Boyle-trained gelding had a length and a half to spare over Stagehand.

However, the quirky winner had not finished with his errant ways as he did manage to get rid of Poulton, who was unceremoniously dumped on pulling up.

Poulton appeared to lose his temper and hurled his whip at the five-year-old, which did not amuse the stewards, and he was banned for a day (September 24).

Ron Harris rarely leaves his local course without a winner, and this final Flat meeting of the year proved no exception as he saddled Red Current to land the 1m2f handicap under Liam Keniry.

Harris said: "She needs this quick ground, as she was beaten into second here last Friday when there was too much cut, which did not really suit her.

"I think she's the type who could do well over hurdles and she'll be sent to the horses-in-training sales next month, as we're not really a jumping yard."

Frank Jordan ended a frustrating barren spell stretching back almost six months when Libre, given a patient ride by Tom McLaughlin, touched off Corrib in the 1m handicap.

Jordan said: "It's nice to be back among the winners. We booked Tom as he gets on well with the horse, who must be delivered as late as possible because he pulls himself up in front."

The stewards found McLaughlin had used his whip with excessive frequency and he was stood down for two days (September 24-25).

Confidence Trick looked a progressive juvenile for Sir Michael Stoute when quickening up well to prove much better than Connor's Choice in the 7f maiden.

The Henry Cecil-trained Theta left some modest previous form behind with victory in the 1m4f maiden, while Cerulean Rose just squeezed home in the 5f finale.

Star performance

Kirsty Milczarek cajoled Cerulean Rose to an overdue win in the 5f handicap

One to keep an eye on

Confidence Trick looks a typical fast improver for Sir Michael Stoute


Alan King: "We thought Black Jacari had a decent chance today"
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2007
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