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Johnson Houghton hits new heights with double.

Byline: Salisbury Andrew King

TRAINER Eve Johnson Houghton notched a landmark 50 winners for the first time following victories for Caiya in the 7f fillies' novice contest and the well-backed Vixen, who took the 7f handicap.

After last term's previous best score of 41 successes, the Blewbury-based trainer was hopeful of getting her maiden half-century on the board as her team have been in fine form during the summer and autumn.

Newcomer Caiya was nibbled at from 9-1 down to 7-1 in the morning and then drifted out to 12-1 on course, but she hit the front close home after coming with a well-timed run under Charles Bishop and got the better of Teenage Gal.

Punters latched on to Vixen, who was sent off 9-4 favourite (from a morning price of 5-1), to break her duck at the sixth attempt and punters who steamed in were cheering loudly as she dug deep inside the final furlong to thwart Topmeup.

Pair's winning Edge Jockey David Probert and trainer Bernard Llewellyn maintained their 100 per cent record together when teaming up after Edge found a winning seam along the far-side rail to get the better of Misu Pete in the 7f handicap.

The combination are now two from two when teaming up here, but Probert did need to ride his luck in the closing stages as he found himself hemmed in behind the other runners at halfway.

A manoeuvre to the inside rail helped the pair gain a dream run before hitting the front a furlong from home and staying on in game fashion to hold the late rally of the runner-up by half a length.

About time Adam Beschizza had drawn a blank at the course in the last four years but his luck changed for the better in the 7f novice stakes, in which the William Knight-trained debutant N Over J proved too tough for Bodes Well by a length.

The runner-up was the first two-year-old runner for Warren Greatrex and the Lambourn trainer must have been more than hopeful of success when the youngster struck the front a furlong out, but he could not withstand the winner's late burst.

Thought for the day Bathwick Tyres sponsored six contests on the eight-race card and it is fair to say many West Country racecourses would seriously miss the company's support if they ever pulled out.

BAND ON THE RUN The raucous oompah band was silenced before the second race at Windsor after the horses in the pre-parade started to react badly. Repositioned behind the main stand, they went down well with racegoers belting out some non-Bavarian drinking songs including a catchy Stand By Me.

FLYING HIGH Danny Tudhope got into Heathrow at 6.30am, having struck it rich on Suedois in Saturday's $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, but he shrugged off any jet lag to steer Pioneering to a hat-trick in the mile handicap at Pontefract.

GETTING CLOSER Mark Johnston is closing in on another double century after Austrian School gave the trainer winner number 195 for the year in the 1m2f novice stakes at Pontefract.

SAME OLD STORY Seldom a Salisbury meeting goes by without Richard Hannon standing in the winner's circle and George William proved to be a winning favourite for the trainer at the track's final meeting of the year.

FAMILY FORTUNES Paul Nicholls and his daughter Megan teamed up for victory in the final race at Salisbury with Moabit, who was well backed down to 9-5 favourite.

THE WAY TO GO Other meetings might have had heavy security and drink-free areas but Oktoberfest at Windsor was handled lightly, with racegoers walking around with the litre-sized steins in all enclosures and steppings without being stopped.

GREAT SUPPORT The cancellation of Ayr's three-day Western meeting will have hurt Lanarkshire trainer Keith Dalgleish more than most but he took full advantage of this addition to the fixture list and was responsible for 15 of the 72 runners on show at Musselburgh. He was on the mark with Han Solo Berger in the 7f novice auction stakes.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 10, 2017
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