Semple plots Glorious future

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Ian Semple, a former assistant trainer to John Gosden, achieved an Ascot winner with his first runner at the Berkshire track yesterday.

Kelburne, trained in Carluke, Lanarkshire, by Semple, took the Happy Valley Handicap by a length and three-quarters. But the four-year-old is not being allowed any respite because he is now an intended runner at Glorious Goodwood tomorrow, in the New Paddock Handicap.

"He gets a penalty but Mick [Kinane, yesterday's winning rider] said that he had a couple of lengths in hand, so he will stay the night here and I'll take him to Goodwood tomorrow," said Semple.

Another Goodwood-bound horse is Smokin Beau, who landed Europe's richest five-furlong handicap at Ascot yesterday at 20-1 for the 350 members of the syndicate, Turf 2000. It was the biggest success of John Cullinan's training career. Smokin Beau is now being aimed at the six-furlong Stewards' Cup on Saturday.

Cullinan trains just 15 horses near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Smokin Beau incurs a 5lb penalty for the Goodwood sprint, for which he is now quoted at 33-1.

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