Racing: Branston Abby equals record
Monday 05 August 1996
The seven-year-old, partnered by Darryll Holland, started the 3-5 favourite for the pounds 10,811 race over an extended six furlongs and had too much speed for Sharp Prod, formerly owned by the Queen, holding a half-length advantage at the line.
Now Mark Johnston's mare, who now shares the record with the former Jack Berry-trained Laurel Queen, will return to Germany later this month in an attempt to claim her 23rd victory, although the Middleham trainer is more concerned about winning a Pattern race with the chestnut than chasing totals.
Johnston, who saddled three runners at Newcastle yesterday, said: "Given the level of her form it is unbelievable that she hasn't won a Group race.
"Hopefully we will get one out of her before long. It would be very nice if it was in the Haydock Park Sprint next month (7 September).''
n Attendances for this year's Glorious Goodwood were up on the corresponding figures for 1995. The crowd figure for Tuesday to Saturday totalled 95,560 compared with 94,733 last year - an increase of 827. The cash turnover for the meeting compared favourably with 12 months ago, with a total of pounds 1,897,275 up pounds 88,941 (5 per cent) on the 1995 figure of pounds 1,808,334.
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