Racing: Branston's milestone

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The Independent Online
Branston Abby, ridden by Michael Roberts, made history yesterday with a new post-war record for wins by a British-trained filly or mare. At odds of 2-1 she won the Grosser Buchmacher Springer Sprint Preis over an extended six furlongs in Munich.

The seven-year-old, taking her career tally to 23 wins, gained a hard- fought head win over Macanal. Mark Johnston, her trainer speaking from his yard in Middleham, Yorkshire, said: "I'm delighted, and to win by a head, that's her style.

''The record was never really important to me because she has been racing in a different bracket to anything else that has won that many races, to be honest I thought she would have broken it before now."