Racing: Dods keeps up double roll

Michael Dods's rich vein of form continued at Beverley yesterday when the Darlington-based trainer saddled his third double in four days. He had been on the mark with a brace at Ayr on Saturday and repeated the feat at Musselburgh on Monday before Three Pennies and Rotuma added to his tally on the Westwood.

Michael Dods's rich vein of form continued at Beverley yesterday when the Darlington-based trainer saddled his third double in four days. He had been on the mark with a brace at Ayr on Saturday and repeated the feat at Musselburgh on Monday before Three Pennies and Rotuma added to his tally on the Westwood.

Three Pennies set the ball rolling when running out the 25-1 winner of the opening maiden fillies' stakes under Fergal Lynch. "She's a good filly but I thought she would need it," Dods said. "I told Fergal not to come too soon in case she blows up but she's done it well and she'll be even better later on."

Favourite-backers suffered a blow in the race, though, when 2-5 chance Lady Dan beat only one home. The Mick Easterby-trained youngster pulled far too hard on her first attempt at seven furlongs and never gave her supporters much hope.

Dods completed the double, at odds of 116-1 with Rotuma. Shane Kelly sent the winner on with over a furlong left to travel in the £10,000 handicap after the 7-2 shot had survived some scrimmaging in the straight.

Rotuma quickened well and had three lengths to spare at the line over Les Arcs, who was gambled on from 9-1 to 100-30.

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