Racing: Shinbone knock for Ferguson on his big day
Monday 12 July 1999
Kosevo ended his long losing run in the Manchester United Players Handicap, centrepiece of Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial raceday which drew a crowd of 14,643 but failed to break the course record.
The day, though, achieved one of the British Horseracing Board's aims for Sunday racing in attracting new faces to the sport, although the lure was not the mainly moderate horses on show but a chance to see the treble- winning Manchester United team and their trophies.
Ferguson, a long-time racing supporter and more recently a racehorse owner, said: "It's a family day and there are an amazing number of kids here today. They are Manchester United fans here to see their heroes but it brings people to racing."
The only damper on Ferguson's day came when his own horse, Shinbone Alley, lost by half a length to Trouble Mountain in the Done Bookmakers Keep Paying Out On Manchester United Maiden Stakes.
Gary Stevens, narrowly beaten on Siege in Saturday's John Smith's Cup at York, made an immediate impact on his first rides at the Lancashire course as he notched a 102-1 treble on Untold Riches, Ten Kingdoms and Distinctive Dream, deputising for the injured Darragh O'Donohoe on the first two.
The lateness of his call-up did not prevent Stevens from carrying out research on Untold Riches, who had disappointed on her last start at Yarmouth.
"I spoke to John [Gosden, the trainer] this morning and he said to jump out and make the running as she is a bit unwilling with traffic round her," Stevens said. "We jumped out and she was very, very happy. The ground is very, very firm but she loved it. John told me to stay off using the whip as she resents it," he said. "So I just used hands and heels and she responded to it."
He repeated the tactics on Ten Kingdoms in the Ladbroke Handicap, making all for a three-and-a-half-length defeat of Summer Splendour.
Nap: Courtney Gym
NB: Gaily Mill
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