Racing: Osborne keeps record intact

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JAMIE OSBORNE maintained an unblemished record at Musselburgh in the last five years as he secured a double with his only two rides at the course yesterday.

The Lambourn-based jockey made it five wins from his last five rides over five years at the Firth of Forth track with victories on the Paul Webber-trained pair Running Man and Torn Silk. "I'd better not come back here in case I spoil my record," Osborne said.

Venetia Williams's fine season continued at Folkestone yesterday as she reached 33 for the campaign - just 12 behind her total for the 1997/98 season.

The trainer's Careysville, making his first appearance of the season, made all the running to take the William Hill Handicap Chase, beating Scavo by a distance.

Williams has now sent out nine winners from her 14 starters over the last two weeks and was only just deprived of a double when Goodwood Cavalier, like Careysville ridden by Norman Williamson, was pipped by Amoroso in the opener.

Mandys Mantino misses today's Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot after his trainer Josh Gifford detected "something niggling somewhere" with the nine-year-old yesterday. Should the Grade Two race be lost to the weather and re-run on Friday, Mandys Mantino will still be absent, a recovery notwithstanding, at the behest of his owner John Plackett.

Gifford reported of his gelding, who holds an entry in the Queen Mother Champion Chase: "He is just too good to take a chance with."