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TRAINER John Gosden paid a Fortune to crack Sandown's Solario Stakes.

The Manton maestro saddled Foss Way with lucky Jimmy Fortune aboard - the jockey who won the race last year with Redback.

And he was at his strongest to force the 11-2 chance in front of 33- 1 shot Sweet Return on the line.

It was Gosden's first success in the Group Three contest and Foss Way - who won by a head - was wearing the second colours of Sheikh Mohammed with David Loder-trained Desert Destiny doing the main honours. But the first choice trailed in next to last of the 11 runners under Frankie Dettori after disputing the early running with Brian Meehan-trained Royal Robe.

Commission - the 4-1 favourite - had every chance in the straight in what was a rough race but it was Foss Way on the outside who came out on top.

Gosden said: "Foss Way didn't like the ground on the Newmarket July Course first time out - you don't expect soft ground there and he was fourth.

"After that he won at Goodwood. Kieren Fallon rode him beautifully and said to put him up to seven furlongs.

"He will definitely get a mile though possibly not much beyond that and will be a Guineas horse, though maybe more French than English."

Gosden's father Towser won the Solario Stakes before landing the 1965 Derby with Charlottown but bookies go 50-1 about Foss Way following in the wake of those illustrious hoofprints.

Miss Pinkerton finally got off the mark for the season when landing the Atalanta Stakes for Darryll Holland.

The filly was kept close to the pedestrian early pace before edging into the lead well over a furlong out and holding off Mythic by half a length.

At Chester course specialist Barry Hills and son Michael teamed up to land a 28-1 treble.

Stressless (9-4) had to hit first gear to hold off Desert Lord by a neck in the opener. Michael had things a bit easier on 11-8 chance Flying Express half- an-hour later when making all the running to win by three lengths from Tug Of Love. Veteran Prairie Falcon (11-4) rounded off the threesome in the Bet Direct Handicap.

Kieren Fallon and Sir Michael Stoute, having found one too good for them in the first two races, made it third time lucky when Supremacy gave a superb front-running display in the Listed Chester Stakes.

Fallon doubled up on David Nicholls-trained True Night, who was completing a four-timer.

CONSISTENT Dream Magic finally pulled an ace from the pack to land Sandown's William Hill Handicap.

The winner - a 16-1 chance - will now be aimed at the Cambridgshire for which he has 7st 9lb including a 5lb penalty for yesterday's win.

Mick Ryan knows the time of day when it comes to winning big handicaps and Victor Chandler offer 25-1 about Dream Magic's chances at HQ.

Ryan's son and assistant, John, said: "I've had the race at the back of my mind for a while. He has enough speed for a mile and enough stamina for a mile and a quarter."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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