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Racing: Super Stack in a dash.

JOHN STACK had an anxious moment before the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury yesterday when Don Puccini dumped him on his backside, but all was well at the finish of the valuable five furlong dash.

The colt's reluctancy to enter the starting stalls was not evident once the race got under way and, brought with a late run, got up close home to land the pounds 71, 000 first prize.

Don Puccini's final thrust thwarted Richard Hannon's bid for a fourth victory in nine runnings of the race, beating the Marlborough trainer's Halland Park Girl by half a length.

There was a further length to third-placed Cedar Master, with Imperialist, also trained by Hannon, and Bee Eight dead heating for fourth.

Winning trainer Bryan Smart said: "He's as good as gold at home but it's the stalls - he doesn't like them. He is so laid back at home but when he comes racing he just takes the mickey.

"He reared up and John fell off him again - that is three times it has happened. We have tried the lot but you will not bully him. If you let him do his own thing he is okay."

Arkadian Hero confirmed the promise of his fourth to Stravinsky in the July Cup at Newmarket when showing a blistering turn of foot to take the L'Exclusive de Ruinart Champagne Stakes.

With a quarter of a mile of the Listed six-furlong event to run, Gerald Mosse was trapped behind a wall of horses on the 11-8 favourite.

But, switched to the outside inside the final furlong, Arkadian Hero surged four lengths clear of Night Shot, with two lengths to Grazia.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Lynx, Larry
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 1999
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