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Stratford: Gallagher still Fired up.

Dean Gallagher, still fighting to clear his name in the seemingly never-ending race-fixing saga, enjoyed a welcome change of luck when riding Norman Mason's Battery Fired to victory in the two-mile handicap chase, writes Will O'Hanlon.

Battery Fired was gifted the race when Luke Harvey's mount Glendoe, two lengths to the good and not stopping, fell two out.

If there was an element of good fortune about the win, no-one would surely begrudge Gallagher his victory, the first for the jockey since his recent further remand on bail.

"That's a great relief," said the clearly elated Gallagher. "It's been frustrating over the past few weeks-I've had several horses run into places, but I've wanted to get that first win under my belt since all that fuss a few weeks back. I can now crack on and ride more winners-which is my job."

Gallagher has always protested his innocence, and is looking to put the whole unhappy affair behind him. "I'll pull through this," he insisted. "I'm innocent, and it will all be sorted out sooner or later-I just hope it's sooner."

Lord Noelie's victory in the two-mile-six-furlong novice hurdle also produced a welcome change of luck, and some much needed cheer, for his connections, trainer Henrietta Knight and her husband Terry Biddlecombe.

The latter, his right arm in a sling after a painful episode with a pony, observed: "That's our first win of the season, and it's come after we had one fall at Hereford on Friday when he was clear, and had two finish second at Kempton today. It will cheer Hen up greatly, as she's got a touch of flu."

There was another significant first when Adrian Maguire partnered the David Nicholson-trained Bluedonix to victory in the second division of the two-mile maiden hurdle. It was Maguire's first success for Nicholson this term, as the stable's few summer jumpers, such as Crabapple Hill and Zaitoon, have been partnered by Richard Johnson.

Iamus, placed five times from eight starts for Nicholson last season, struck on his first outing for John Allen when outclassing his 13 rivals in the other division of the maiden. "Aidan Murphy bought him for me at the August Sales at Doncaster, as I was in Spain at the time," said Allen.

Steve Wynne is forging links with the David Gandolfo stable this term, and the jockey and trainer joined forces to take the featured two-mile- five-furlong handicap chase with Royal Event. "Steve is coming down to school for me twice a week this season," said Gandolfo, "and I thought he gave Royal Event a very nice ride."

Steve Brookshaw sent out his first winner of the season when Churchtown Glen, ridden by Chris Maude, took the two-mile-three-furlong handicap hurdle in convincing style from Pealings. "This was our first runner with a live chance," said Brookshaw, who will be looking to kick on now that he's broken his duck.

Sue Wilton also got off the mark for the campaign when Final Stab, ridden by Richard Johnson, landed the selling hurdle. "He's only our third jump runner this season as we've been so busy with the Flat horses," said Miss Wilton, who was forced up to 8,500gns to retain her winner.

Shirley Vickery, who rode a double here in the spring, was again seen to good effect as she partnered the Philip Hobbs-trained Last Laugh to victory in the lady riders' handicap hurdle.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:O'Hanlon, Will
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 1998
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