Effervescence retains his sparkle

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Effervescence landed a hat-trick of wins at Lingfield within a week when getting up in the last stride yesterday.

Richard Hannon's colt got on the winning trail on Boxing Day at the Surrey course. He followed up on Monday and came back for one more win yesterday, when his apprentice rider, David Griffiths, urged the 4-5 favourite home by a whisker from Eager To Please, with Forgotten Times well back in third.

Darryll Holland, who rode the runner-up, was banned for two days (11 and 13 January) for using his whip with undue frequency.

Simon Dow started his new year off on the right note through a 30-1 double with Misty Cay (5-2 favourite) and Tawafek (8-1).