Racing: Johnston hits the mark with Sauvage
Tuesday 22 July 2003
Mark Johnston has a very strong hand of two-year-olds and Carte Sauvage left the impression he could prove to be up there with the best of them from the manner in which he outclassed his rivals in the juvenile maiden race at Ayr yesterday.
With Frankie Dettori deputising for Keith Dalgleish, who missed a flight from Germany, Carte Sauvage made all the running and stayed on strongly in the closing stages to score by six lengths.
Johnston said: "I think it was a hot maiden, but he is not in anything big at the moment. Frankie said he would get every yard of a mile, so I think we might wait for a mile race now."
The Platinum Racing Club had their colours carried to victory by the Kevin Ryan-trained Uhoomagoo in the Westsound Radio Stakes and by Karl Burke's Million Percent in the St John's Of Dairy Rated Handicap.
Both were well ridden by Fergal Lynch, but the jockey lost £110 as he was fined for using a mobile phone when mounted in the parade ring.
The stipendiary steward, Anthony Gillam, said: "Unfortunately, someone with the horse handed the phone to Fergal, saying that the trainer wanted a word with him."
Ryan said of Uhoomagoo: "He is in the Tote International Handicap at Ascot on Saturday and we have been trying to get him in it. The penalty [3lb] from this will help him so we will have to see."
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