Accipiter edges Ayr victory for Chris Wall

Accipiter, ridden by Ashley Morgan in the red cap, wins at Ayr. Picture: John Grossick
Accipiter, ridden by Ashley Morgan in the red cap, wins at Ayr. Picture: John Grossick
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TRAINER Chris Wall’s faith in Accipiter was finally justified as the filly came out on top in a triple photo for the Listed EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes to spring a 25-1 surprise.

She prevailed by a head from Mind Of Madness in the hands of Ashley Morgan, with Squats a short head back in third.

Wall was vindicated as he had felt for some time she had the ability to win in this company, though she had fallen short in previous attempts.

“She wasn’t winning out of turn. She’d had several near-misses at this level through the season. Although everyone else had written her off, we hadn’t,” said the Newmarket handler.

The stands rail was the place to be, as demonstrated in the sprint races.

In the William Hill Bronze Cup, Expose (12-1), drawn 27, powered to victory by a length and a quarter from Iseemist.

David Nolan got a great tune out of the Shaun Harris-trained six-year-old, who was defying a 5lb penalty for winning at Doncaster last week.

Graham Lee made full advantage of a stands rail draw in a sprint for the second day running when steering Roossey (3-1 favourite) to victory in the Enable Scotland Diamond Anniversary Nursery Handicap.