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Pyrrha wins again in impressive fashion; NEWMARKET Friday.

Byline: Tony Rushmer

PYRRHA put up a cracking effort to record back-to-back courseand-distance victories in the 7f fillies' handicap.

The progressive daughter of Pyrus travelled sweetly for jockey Alan Munro, who was content to track Belle Des Airs through much of the race.

The 3-1 second favourite hit the front going strongly approaching two furlongs out and sped clear to score by three lengths from Iasia.

Trainer Chris Wall said: "I didn't think she would win like that. If we can keep her in that sort of form she will head to the Sceptre Stakes, a seven-furlong fillies' Listed race at Doncaster [September 10]."

Sheikh Mohammed was at the track to watch Destination Aim register an encouraging first career victory in the 7f median auction maiden. The head of Godolphin will no doubt have been pleased as the Dubai Destination colt built on his debut fourth at Goodwood with a twoand-three-quarter-length victory.

Jockey Ted Durcan got a nice tow into the race from Argyll and then asserted on the even-money favourite over a furlong out.

Destination Aim stayed on strongly through the closing strides and it came as little surprise to hear that connections are planning to go up in distance with him.

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "He has done that well and we will step him up to a mile next. That will be the right distance for him later on in the season and, hopefully, he can keep progressing."

Marcus Tregoning's team continued their resurgence with Ajhar running out a ready winner of the 1m2f conditions stakes. The Diesis gelding, sent off a 9-2 shot, had been off the track since March but saw this out really well, mastering Classic Punch inside the final furlong before striding to the line for a three-and-a-quarter-length win.

The runner-up's trainer David Elsworth was more than satisfied to see the horse he calls 'Forest Gump' surge to success in the 1m maiden.

Dashing Doc, a half-brother to Barshiba, was having his sixth career start and put his experience to good use. He burst to the fore approaching the furlong-marker and battled on well to secure an 11-4 triumph by half a length.

Elsworth said: "We've always called him Forest Gump because he can run but he is a bit thick. He has come to hand slowly and will be a nice horse next year."

Kaolak ran into one last time out when beaten by Point Of Light at the course last month, who has since rattled off four more wins. There were no such unexposed types lurking for Kaolak this time, though, and he duly made all, scoring by two and a half lengths from Seasonal Cross in the 1m handicap.

Apprentice Amy Scott once more underlined that she is good value for her 7lb claim by timing her challenge to perfection on Seamus Shindig, a neck winner of the 6f handicap.

Star performance Pyrrha made light of a 6lb rise in the weights to score with authority in the 7f fillies' handicap
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2009
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