Xellance chases record

The Mark Johnston-trained Xellance will attempt to equal the record for the most Flat handicap wins in a year since 1900 at Yarmouth today. The stayer is aiming for a ninth handicap win in the Millennium Stayers Handicap. Victory would match the achievements of Chaplins Club in 1985 and again in 1988, Glencroft in 1988, Star Rage - trained by Johnston - in 1994, Vindaloo in 1995 and Sihafi in 1998.

The Mark Johnston-trained Xellance will attempt to equal the record for the most Flat handicap wins in a year since 1900 at Yarmouth today. The stayer is aiming for a ninth handicap win in the Millennium Stayers Handicap. Victory would match the achievements of Chaplins Club in 1985 and again in 1988, Glencroft in 1988, Star Rage - trained by Johnston - in 1994, Vindaloo in 1995 and Sihafi in 1998.

Jimmy Fortune was ruled out of the last day of the Ascot Festival as he earned the latest ban of a suspension-hit season at Yarmouth yesterday. Connections were full of praise for the rider after he got Lokomotiv home by a short-head in the seller, but the stewards found him guilty of using the whip with excessive force and gave him a two-day ban.

The trainer Willie Musson was fined £2,500 and the apprentice Phil Shea banned for seven days under the non-triers' rules for Indium's performance at Yarmouth yesterday when a never-nearer eighth of 16 in the second race.

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