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Horse Racing: Coniston another sand win for Grayson; Kempton.

Byline: by Bruce Jackson

PETER GRAYSON has travelled the country in search of winners to promote his fledgling training career and added Kempton's new all-weather track to the list when Spirit Of Coniston proved too speedy for his rivals in the five-furlong handicap.

Robbie Fitzpatrick, putting up 2lb overweight, had trouble steering the three-year-old around the first right-handed bend after a furlong as Spirit Of Coniston had raced exclusively on the other left-handed all-weather tracks or straight courses. Back in the straight, he had plenty left in the tank to go past front-running rival Pride Of Joy and hold off the luckless Summer Recluse.

The Formby trainer has saddled all bar two of his 26 winners this year on the all-weather tracks, but this was the first at Kempton.

Fairmile overcame trouble in the back straight trouble to come right round his field under a confident ride from Adam Kirby to mow down topweight Tabadul in the ten-furlong handicap.

This was a first run on the all-weather for the gelding, who is trained by Walter Swinburn for his in-laws. They bred the four-year-old out of Juno Marlowe, who won her maiden at the track eight years ago before proving just shy of the Group standard later in the season.

John Livock suffered disappointment with Championship Point in the Derby, but this tennis lover continued to eschew the French Open to see his Third Set come good at the second time of asking in the seven-furlong maiden.

The giant gelding looked in trouble at the top of the straight but Steve Drowne angled him through the pack and not suprisingly with a bulldozer of a horse under him, the gaps opened and he ran over favourite Mumaathel in the final furlong.

Trainer Roger Charlton said: "I'm lucky to have a patient owner as he is a big horse who was hardly in training at two and came in late after being turned out last winter. He has done it the hard way here and should get further."

Royal Amnesty made it five straight on the all-weather when justifying strong support in the mile handicap after a hiccup on turf last time.

Trainer Greg Chung said: "The handicapper might think I have been doing a Sir Mark Prescott but that is ridiculous," in relation to the stone hike this colt has defied in some style under Oscar Urbina.

Jockey Michael Stainton and groom Tony Bishop came in for all the plaudits after Wild Pitch justified favouritism in the apprentice handicap.

Trainer Philip Mitchell said: "At 11am yesterday I didn't have a jockey as the one booked had terminated his employment and Ryan Moore recommended Michael, who has ridden him to perfection.

"This horse was a wreck but he has been on the stuff that worked for War Of Attrition through the winter and his lad Tony does so much work with him at home taking him off for walks and trots after his morning canter."

Stainton sat last through the mile-and-a-half contest and only started to creep closer inside the final three furlongs, but victory was assured inside the final furlong for Wild Pitch.

Star performance

Fairmile made some good handicappers look pedestrian.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2006
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