Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bahia Breezes to Weatherbys Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bahia Breezes to Weatherbys Victory

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Byline: By Robert Pratt

Bahia Breeze gained a richly-deserved success in the Weatherbys Bank Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract.

Rae Guest's filly had not won since her two-year-old days but had run several good races in defeat including last time at Epsom where she finished fifth in a Group Three contest after encountering traffic problems.

There were no such difficulties in this Listed race, however, after Robert Winston booted her into the lead with two furlongs to go.

And although she was strongly pressed on either side by runner-up Mamela and third-placed Imperialistic, whose jockey Philip Robinson was hit with a two-day suspension (June 26-27) for using the whip with excessive frequency, she held on by half a length and a head.

"It was a muddling race and she wants a good pace and to come late. So she's done well today and Robert has had her in the right place," said Guest.

"Robert took the initiative off the slow pace but that wasn't the plan. It's come off right and it's nice to have another Listed winner. She should have won at Epsom. They went a good pace but she didn't get a run.

"She'll be entered in any mile fillies' Group or Listed races. She'll be in the Group Ones like the Falmouth as well because she was eighth in the 1000 Guineas last year."

Winston, who won the race 12 months ago on Red Bloom, said: "I went on because the pace wasn't very generous and she was the best filly in the race. There'll be a Group race in her somewhere along the line. Red Bloom won this last year and she was a genuine Group performer and this one is as well."

Full House, better known for his exploits over fences, produced a gutsy effort to land the Tony Bethell Memorial Handicap under a determined drive from Kevin Darley. Paul Webber's versatile seven-year-old relished the fast surface but needed every yard of the two miles and one furlong to peg back the runner-up, Prairie Sun, close home for a neck verdict.

"He's an out-and-out stayer," said Darley. "He's one of those horses you can sit on all day but when you let him go he doesn't really find very much. He was travelling well enough and then he only found a length. …

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