Horse Racing: MARTIN BANG ON TARGET.
The raider was only the second Irish-trained winner of this first leg of the Autumn double when she produced a late finishing burst to catch 11-2 favourite Bomb Alaska in the pounds 110,000 handicap.
Settled at the back of the field by Francis Norton, the 11-1 chance made her move through the36-strong field with two furlongs to run.
Norton had to switch the Tony Martin-trained mare with over a furlong to travel as Bomb Alaska threw down his challenge to leader Shadoof.
But once she saw daylight she quickened well to collar the favourite close home for a neck success.
Shadoof (40-1) stayed on to take third place a further two lengths adrift with Grinkov (25-1) back in fourth.
Norton said: "Everything went according to plan. We met a bit of trouble a furlong down, but she found the gears I wanted when I let her down."
And dual-purpose trainer Tony Martin, who is equally at home rubbing shoulders with the jump racing fraternity at Cheltenham and Aintree, had no doubts this was the right race for She's Our Mare.
"It's been our objective ever since she won the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock back in May," he said.
"She had a nice break after she ran at York and she just needed the race when she won at the Curragh recently."
Toby Balding, the trainer of Bomb Alaska, said: "He's run a blinding race but might have just got there 20 strides too soon."
There was plenty of money on course for the winner, who opened at 14-1, though 20-1 was available with some bookies in the morning.
Earlier in the day, trainer Alan Bailey produced Agrippina to put herself into the reckoning for the 1000 Guineas after overturning the highly- rated Henry Cecil charge High Walden.
The 12-1 chance found a little bit extra for Pat Eddery to touch off the favourite by a half a length in the Oh So Sharp Stakes.
Bailey was far from surprised at the filly's Listed race success. "I've always felt she's a decent horse," he said.
"Pat said we should put her away now and aim for the Guineas - but I'm not so sure."
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 3, 1999|
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