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Racing: Molcon.

Molcon was the subject of a fiercebidding exchange after he landed a sizeable gamble in the seller at Bath yesterday. Trainer Neville Callaghan had to goto 22,000 guineas to retain him after the colt ran out a one-and-a-half-length winner from Blue Moon Hitman.

Molcon's debut had seen him virtually pulled up at Yarmouth last month but there was no shortage of confidence in the Danetime colt as hewas supported from 15-2 down to 4-1. Callaghan's son and assistant Simon said:"He's a nice horse and was green today as this was effectively his first ever race.

He will improve a lot and looks sure to get six furlongs." At the auction, Callaghan was takenon by David Mort who three times turned away before moving in with another bid but it appeared the Callaghans were determined to retain their asset. Proud Native proved he is back on topform as he readily landed the odds laid on him in the claiming Stakes. This success for David Nicholls' nine-year-old sparked a double for Darryll Holland who was later successful on Anglo Saxon for David Loder.

The Loder stable has endured a quiet spell since they saddled their previous winner at Bath and Ricky Bowman, Loder's travelling manager, explained: "We've been having a touch of seconditis and this fellow became stressed at Sandown.

c"Today the plan was to get him relaxedand let him pick up in his own time and things worked out really well for him." Nerys Dutfield sent out a second winnerin less than 24 hours when Aoninch took the Handicap from the favourite Hoh Viss. CHAMPIONjockey Kieren Fallon gave up his later rides at Catterick as the very hot weather and hectic travel schedule began to take their their toll.

Fallon was seen at his strongest getting Branston Nell home, but he then called it a day because he was dehydrated.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2003
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