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Horse Racing: Garnett completes full house of victories; REDCAR.

Byline: by Colin Russell

THE versatile Garnett completed a notable clean sweep by landing the 2m handicap, the blinkered six-year-old travelling well before being pushed clear by Catherine Gannon to score by three lengths.

It was his first win on grass on the Flat, but he has won three times on the all-weather as well as twice over hurdles, and this year added a couple of hunter chases to his record.

He is trained by the equally versatile Don Cantillon, who said: "He's a bit of a lad at home, but he's a star, although he has been plagued by leg trouble."

Gannon, who had rides in six of the seven races, had been beaten a neck in the opening juvenile seller, which went to Indecision from the Mick Easterby yard.

The gelding, who was ridden by Phillip Makin, proved well suited to the step up to 7f, going clear over a furlong out and holding on well. The winner, who is home-bred, was backed down from 4-1 to 5-2 and was bought back for 6,000gns.

Makin went on to complete a double when getting Rotuma home in the claimer. The eight-year-old, who is trained by Michael Dods, came there cruising over two furlongs out, but needed plenty of assistance to hold the late run of Apache Point by a short head.

Another veteran scorer was the nine-year-old Efidium, who ended a losing run stretching back to September 2005 when taking the 1m handicap.

Partnered by Gihan Arnolda, who was riding his second winner of the year after coming back from a spell out of racing, he came through towards the stands' side to take the advantage over a furlong out before running on well to beat Spinning by a length and three-quarters.

There was a surprise in the allaged maiden, with victory going to Step To The Stars, who was ridden by Greg Fairley for trainer Mark Johnston.

The filly, who was wearing a net muzzle, stayed on well to beat the long odds-on Font by two and a half lengths.

The 6f handicap proved a triumph for trainer David Nicholls, who not only sent out the winner, Ice Planet, who was ridden by Andrew Mullen, but was also responsible for the runner-up Turnkey and the fourth, Continent.

Lee Enstone was given a one-day ban (July 3) for using his whip down the shoulder on Ming Vase, who was fifth in the claimer.

Star performance

Garnett. He won his first race on the Flat on turf, having won three on the all-weather, two over hurdles and also twice over fences
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2007
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