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Goat double keeps pressure on Racing League leaders ThoroughBid

Goat Racing struck at the double on the penultimate evening of the William Hill Racing League at Lingfield to set up a grand finale with leaders Team ThoroughBid at Newcastle next week.

Victories for Billhilly and Red October, both ridden by the team’s reserve rider Louis Steward, kept Newmarket trainers Charlie Fellowes, Hugo Palmer, Tom Clover and George Scott within four points of ThoroughBid – who lead on 321.

Billhilly won for a second time in the competition, with a dazzling display in the William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Racing League R28 Handicap.

Successful on the all-weather track two weeks ago, Fellowes’ four-year-old repeated the trick on the turf.

Billhilly (11-2) led over a furlong out and swept away for a convincing four-and-three-quarter-length victory.

Steward told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m delighted for the horse, and delighted for Charlie and the team, everyone at home and the owners.

“They’ve done such a good job with this horse, just to revive his career. It’s so good to see, and great to be on his back today.”

Red October gave Goat Racing and Steward a double when hanging on to take the concluding William Hill Play Responsibly Racing League R30 Handicap.

The 4-1 chance hit the front in the straight, and prevailed by a neck from Cozone.

Steward said: “He half-stumbled coming out of the gates, and I actually had a bit of a lump in my throat and thought ‘how am I going to recover from this?

“But he did – and ever since that win at Leicester (last month), he’s done nothing but stay consistent. It’s so good to see, with these quirky horses, with a bit of an attitude.

“He dug deep for me, and he was very tough towards the end there.

“I’m delighted. I only filled in as a sub, but I think I can now be called supersub!

“It’s good to play a big part in this, and great to see the team doing well.”

Team ThoroughBid remain just in front thanks largely to Typhoon Ten (11-1), who strode home in the William Hill Double Your Odds Racing League R27 Handicap.

Sean Levey made a race-winning move when he kicked on two furlongs out. The top weight, trained by Richard Hannon, then pulled away to cross the line three lengths clear of Ajrad.

Levey said: “He travelled well, to be fair, surprisingly well.

“He’s always been a handful, this horse. But it seems like running every week has absolutely crowned him, made a man of him.

“He gave me the best ride he ever has today. He hacked down to the start, relaxed, and he was very professional throughout the race as a result.

“So he’s definitely learning, and going the right way.”

Steward’s double saw him climb up the jockeys’ table into joint first place with Hayley Turner, on 207 points.

Jack Mitchell is third on 200 points after winning on the Michael Bell-trained Natural Path for Team TalkSport in the William Hill Pick Your Places Racing League R26 Handicap.

The 100-30 joint-favourite got a dream run through on the rail to take the lead and maintain the gallop to score by two lengths.

Danny Muscutt came in for a winning spare ride when guiding Anythingtoday (10-1) home in the William Hill Build Your Odds Racing League R29 Handicap.

Replacing the injured Nicola Currie, Muscutt brought the George Boughey-trained seven-year-old with a well-timed run to score for Team Racehorse Lotto.

EToro Racing got on the scoreboard through Richard Fahey’s Show Me Show Me (10-1) in the opening five-furlong William Hill Free Or Four Racing League R25 Handicap, in the hands of Paddy Mathers.

Fellowes all smiles after Bryon Hill triumph

Byron Hill put the smile back on Charlie Fellowes’ face with a narrow victory in the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Colwick Cup Handicap at Nottingham.

Just an hour earlier the Newmarket handler felt he was hard done by when San Francisco Bay was demoted to second place at Wolverhampton for causing interference to the head runner-up Oh Great.

But all was well again after Byron Hill (100-30) grabbed long-time leader Speedo Bay to take the feature by a nose in the hands of Louis Steward.

“We’ve had one at Wolverhampton win and get turned over for little interference, so I was dreading getting beaten a nose,” said Fellowes.

“He’s a big horse. I’ve loved him from the day I bought him, but he’s been a project. The owners have been so patient and we have taken our time and he’s now starting to blossom.

“I was a bit concerned about the two miles because there is quite a lot of speed on his dam’s side. He’s not guaranteed to stay, even though he’s by Kingston Hill, but he stayed that no problem. He’s only going to get better.

“No immediate plans, maybe if he improved enough the Cesarewitch possibly. He might just stay further.”

However, there was a price to pay for Steward, as he was banned for nine days for using his whip above the permitted level. He was suspended from August 27 to September 4.

Bashkirova (6-1) looked a potentially smart filly with an eyecatching success on her belated debut in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Maiden Stakes.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old lost several lengths at the start, but made stealthy progress under Cieren Fallon in the long straight to wear down 2-5 favourite Diamil and prevail by a neck.

“She’s a big strong filly and did everything right today, just what you want on her first start,” said Fallon.

“Her class has prevailed. She’s hit the ground quite hard. She’s got a knee action, but has plenty of ability. She’s very honest and tries for you. She’s very well bred and she’ll be suited by a step up in trip.”

Paul Mulrennan kept his daughter Scarlet happy after getting True Scarlet home in the MansionBet Extra Places Fillies’ Handicap.

The 7-2 shot squeezed through a gap on the far rail to nail Babindi by a neck, to give the jockey his first winner for trainer Ed Walker.

“Fair play to the filly she pulled it out of the bag. She showed a great attitude and the split came at the right time,” said Mulrennan.

“She actually lost both front shoes, so fair play to her.”

He added: “When I was having my cornflakes this morning my daughter Scarlet was saying ‘you’ve got to ride a winner now dad’. Happy days.”

Adam O’Shea came from out of the clouds on My Brother Mike to land his first career success in the AJA Novice Flat Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap.

The 25-1 outsider, trained by John Stimpson, was produced from way off the pace to win by a length and a quarter from Jeddeyd.

“It was always the plan just to hold on to him for as long as I could and about a furlong out the plan was to kick and go. They went fairly quick early, which helped me massively, so I just settled him and got him into a lovely rhythm,” said O’Shea.

“That was my first winner and it was just brilliant. It’s a massive moment for me and I’m just lost for words. I’ll remember that for a long time.”

Snooze N You Lose (15-2) built on her for her first run five weeks ago to get off the mark in the MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Trainer Karl Burke felt the daughter of Ribchester had learnt plenty from Newbury, where she was down the field, and she proved too strong for 4-5 favourite Serenity, scoring by a length under Jason Hart.

Jonny Peate took his tally to nine in his first season riding when steering Glorious Rio (9-4 favourite) to victory in the MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap.

The 7lb apprentice, attached to Mark Johnston’s stable, timed his run to perfection on Stella Barclay’s four-year-old to collar Zoom Star close home and get the verdict by a length and a quarter.

Dropping down to five furlongs for the first time worked the oracle for Mejthaam (100-30) in the MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap.

The Charlie Hills-trained filly made all under Ben Curtis to win by two lengths from Fantasy Master.