Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pike Delight at York Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pike Delight at York Win

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LAURA Pike's renaissance as an apprentice continued when she enjoyed her biggest success since her return to the saddle by winning on Vainglory at York, writes KEITH HAMER.

Pike rediscovered her love for racing in 2009 after three and a half years away - and was rewarded with her fifth win of the season.

Her only previous success on the Knavesmire came eight years ago at this meeting aboard the Willie Musson-trained Classic Millennium. The 5lb claimer bridged the gap with a perfectly-timed run on the David Simcock owned-and-trained Vainglory (9-1) to pip Extraterrestrial by a neck in the Acorn Web Offset Handicap. "I took three and a half years off. I got a bit heavy and wasn't as dedicated as I am now," she said.

"I got a job in an office which looked good on my CV.

"Then I went to Dubai for a holiday, I got the racing bug again and started riding again in 2009."

First-season trainer Robert Eddery had his first winner on the Knavesmire and his fifth in all when Red Quartet landed the TSG Nursery Stakes.

The brother of former champion jockey Pat Eddery is hoping the victory of Red Quartet (28-1) will help put him on the map after getting home by a length from the 5-2 favourite Radio Gaga in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

"I thought he did well to win at Brighton as he was growing a bit," said Eddery. "I don't think he's got anything else to prove this season and I need a horse for next year."

Radio Gaga's jockey Graham Gibbons was banned for two days (October 21 and 24) for careless riding. Jet Away looked a different class to his rivals as he took off to win the Garbutt & Elliott Conditions Stakes.

He could be named the winner a long way as Tom Queally oozed confidence and allowed him to cruise into the lead.

The 9-4 favourite, trained by Henry Cecil, went on to score by nine lengths from the pace-setting Rasmy, with Treasury Devil third.

"He'll probably run again as he's had a fairly light season," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "We'll step him up to Listed or Group Three class."

Shamdarley (11-1) arrive late on the scene to claim the Parsonage Hotel Spa Opening Spring 2012 Handicap. …

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