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Arenas Del Tiempo victory means the world to Simon Dow

Simon Dow was delighted to win the John Benstead Handicap, run in memory of the late former Epsom trainer, with Arenas Del Tiempo at the Surrey course.

Dow, whose stables are close to the home of the Derby, saw his three-year-old filly run her rivals ragged under a front-running ride by Hollie Doyle.

The 5-2 favourite took the 10-furlong prize by three and a half lengths from Hackbridge.

Dow said: “This is really important to us. John did so much work to ensure the continuity of training in Epsom and worked himself on the Parliamentary Act that now works for the Downs to ensure the future of horse training in Epsom.

“For him to be commemorated with a memorial race that my filly has won is a special day for us.”

On Arenas Del Tiempo, he added: “She wears her heart on her sleeve and is a very brave filly. It is wonderful for Rob (Moss) owner for all the support he has given the industry and particularly Epsom.

“She is completely suited to this place with the twists and turns and the undulations. I’m already thinking about what can we do with her next year.”

Local owner Brian Millen cannot wait for next summer to try to secure the victory he has longed for in the Epsom Dash with Recon Mission, who bounced back to form in the Terry Mills Handicap – a race commemorating another trainer synonymous with the track.

After suffering four successive defeats since scoring at Epsom in April, the Tony Carroll-trained five year old finally got his head back in front with an all-the-way win.

The 11-4 favourite kept on in determined fashion under Ray Dawson to beat Spring Bloom by half a length, with Kimifive a head away in third.

Millen said: “He has been very unlucky in his last three runs in higher class.

“He got bashed by the winner in the Dash and Ray had to pull him back. Then he went to Goodwood and the same thing happened as the winner bashed him and he is only little.

“A small field today was perfect. He has won here over five but this is a totally different course.

“I’m an Epsom boy and I’ve lived here for 60 odd years so I love coming here. He will definitely come back for the Dash. I’ve run loads of horses in it and it would be lovely to win.”

William Buick kept himself in the hunt for a first Flat jockeys’ title with a on the Kevin Philippart De Foy-trained Smooth Talking (6-1) and New Mission (4-5 favourite) for Charlie Appleby in the Jim Ferguson Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes by a neck.

“We are in the title fight and we are working hard and trying to make every race count,” said Buick.

“I can’t see myself going somewhere for six minor rides if I had a good ride at a big meeting.

“The big days are very important and I’m very privileged in my job so that comes first, but the other winners in between also count.”

Stefano Cherchi made his first appearance at the track a winning one after delivering the Chris Dwyer-trained Sir Oliver (11-2) with a perfectly-timed run to claim the John Akehurst Handicap by a head.

The 3lb claimer said: “It’s lovely to have a winner here as it’s the Derby track. I really enjoyed it. The horse travelled well in the race and he was strong at the end.”

Tiempo triumph seals Brighton double for Hollie Doyle

Hollie Doyle was seen at her best when making all the running to give Arenas Del Tiempo a first career success at Brighton.

The Simon Dow-trained three-year-old may have been the 8-1 outsider of four but the daughter of Footstepsinthesand stuck to her task well to open her account at the seventh attempt.

Arenas Del Tiempo was keen in the early stages but she had enough left to shrug off the challenge of the 11-10 favourite Celestial Point and take the the Brighton Supports Racing Staff Week Handicap by two and a half lengths to complete a double for Doyle.

“That was very nice and wonderful for Robert Moss, her owner and breeder, because her dam Vezere was one of the first horses he ever owned,” said Dow.

“She was not a winner and he’s persisted breeding with her. She hasn’t had much luck up until this one, so it’s really nice Vezere has finally bred her first winner – a lovely filly by Footstepsinthesand and given a great ride by Hollie.

“It was tremendous and she’s so good with these horses who are a little bit keen. She gets them to settle and it worked out fantastic.”

Iva Reflection (10-1) got Doyle off to a flier when taking the Racing Staff Week 2021 Handicap.

Doyle always had the Linda Stubbs-trained four-year-old in a handy position and he quickened nicely to lead in the last 100 yards and score by three-quarters of a length from Winnetka.

Kartvelian appreciated the step up to a mile to register a second course success.

Kartvelian (right) gets up in the closing stages to win the Follow racingwelfare On Instagram Handicap
Kartvelian (right) gets up in the closing stages to win the Follow racingwelfare On Instagram Handicap (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Having opened her account over seven furlongs at the Sussex track two starts ago, the daughter of Tamayuz needed the extra distance to strike again in the Follow @racingwelfare On Instagram Handicap.

Trainer James Fanshawe thought the three-year-old could not win at one point, but was delighted by the way Kartvelian (15-2) responded to the urgings of 5lb-claiming apprentice Rhys Clutterbuck.

Hitting the front in the final half-furlong, Kartvelian crossed the line three-quarters of a length ahead of Almadrina.

“It was great because I thought we’d got no chance at the bottom of the hill and she picked up really well. I think she enjoys a bit of ease in the ground and stepping up in distance,” said Fanshawe.

“It was good for her owner Andrew Turner, who has been a long-term support. She’s just taken time to get things together but she’s improving and she’s coming on nicely.

“She’s in the (Tattersalls) sales next week but I’ll review things with her owner.”

Toofi (right) narrowly lands the spoils in the  Racing With Pride Handicap
Toofi (right) narrowly lands the spoils in the Racing With Pride Handicap (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Toofi (11-1) won for only the second time in 52 starts when coming out on top following a terrific finish to the Racing With Pride Handicap.

The 10-year-old’s only previous success came at Newmarket in September 2013 when he was trained by Roger Varian.

With John Butler since the 2017 season, Toofi finally repaid the Newmarket handler with a game neck victory over Productive.

However, winning rider David Egan was banned for two days (July 13 and 14) for using his whip above the permitted level.