Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Miss Monica a Jam-Buster

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Miss Monica a Jam-Buster

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Banbury trainer Peter Hiatt set out with three horses for the meeting at Brighton ( but two of them never made it due to a lorry fire on the M25.

That left just Miss Monica to represent him but she landed the honours in the 10-furlong Sky Bet Germany 2 Costa Rica 0 5/1 Claiming Stakes under a fine ride from Chris Catlin, scoring by a length and a half at 5-2 from Prince Valentine.

"There was a lorry on fire under a bridge and my first two were stuck there as they had to make sure the bridge was safe afterwards," Hiatt explained.

"The journey here took me four hours, where it usually takes an hour and a quarter, but the right one got here and all's well that ends well."

The Grand Lodge filly was well held on similar going at the course last weekend but she was a different proposition this time.

Seb Sanders has a fine record at the seaside venue and he was again the rider to follow as he bagged a double courtesy of Intriguing Glimpse and Mimiteh.

The former, who ran well from an unfavourable draw at Epsom last time, came good in the World Cup Betting With Sky Bet Handicap.

Sanders took it up just over a furlong out to score by three-parts of a length and the same from Quality Street and One Way Ticket.

The Brooke Sanders-trained winner was sent off the 9-4 joint- favourite with Golden Asha, who was left 10 lengths at the start but ran on to finish fourth.

The brace was clinched in the World Cup Happy Hour With Sky Bet Handicap when Ralph Beckett's Mimiteh collared the front-running Nahaar and went on to beat Sarah's Art and Danish Blues by a length and a neck.

The 2-1 favourite looks capable of going on to better things after stepping up on her Warwick fourth and relishing the drop back to six furlongs.

Gower Song made her first appearance in a handicap a winning one in the Sky Bet 12/1 Henry WC Top Scorer Handicap and showed her disappointing run at Goodwood last time was probably due to the prevailing soft ground. …

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