Legacy heads Chester Cup market; RIPON.
HIGHLAND LEGACY was promoted to 5-1 favourite with the sponsors for the pounds 120,000 Totesport.com Chester Cup after a comfortable success under Neil Callan in the 2m handicap.
The Michael Bell-trained winner was well in command at the furlong marker but had only two lengths to spare over Bogside Theatre at the line after being eased down.
A 3lb penalty takes his weight to 8st 3lb for the 2m2f handicap.
Callan said: "I rode him last year and he has strengthened up and that will have put him spot on. He is more relaxed too, perhaps a bit too relaxed, but once I gave him a reminder and got racing he soon put the race to bed.
"He does need some cut in the ground, but he is horse who could go on through the year."
Callan completed a double on the Barry Hills-trained Jabal Tariq, who won the 1m2f maiden convincingly.
Mel Brittain's knack of picking up bargain buys again paid off when Caranbola, who cost only 2,000gns, won the 5f maiden fillies' auction event decisively under Tyrone Williams.
She was the stable's third individual juvenile winner and Brittain said: "We have 36 two-year-olds in all, but we have a spread this time with some who will need time. Things are going well and it is a great help having Paul Eccles in the team."
John Wainwright was delighted to get off the mark for the season ahead of a trip south next week when Sandwith just prevailed under apprentice PJ McDonald in the 5f handicap.
The runners stretched across the course a furlong out and in a thrilling finish Sandwith won by a neck from Green Lagonda, with only a length and a half covering the first six.
Wainwright, who trains Sandwith, a son of Perryston View, who won the Great St Wilfrid over the same course and distance, for Matt Sawers said: "I'm glad he has won and is off the mark, as we're taking Loch Jipp down to Bath on Tuesday.
"Sandwith has had his problems but we seem to have got him right now and I think there should be some improvement to come."
Van Bossed defied a 9lb rise for a course and distance success last week to win the 6f handicap under trainer David Nicholls' son Adrian.
David Allan won on Cherri Fostfate, after which Declan Carroll's four-year-old was retained without a bid.
Highland Legacy, a worthy Chester Cup favourite after winning with something in hand Relief
John Wainwright, pleased to have his first winner of the season with Sandwith before Loch Jipp runs in a Bath Listed race on Tuesday