Racing: Twin peak

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THERE was a double for Pat Eddery at Kempton Park yesterday on one-time Classic hope Distant View and dour stayer Admiral's Well. The inexperienced Distant View finished a good fifth in the 2,000 Guineas, when Eddery was suspended, and the colt confirmed the promise of that run in spectacular style in the Californian Maiden Stakes.

This son of Mr Prospector ranged alongside the leaders as the field came into the straight, and thereafter turned the mile contest into a procession, coming home well clear of Durham to land the odds of 30-100. Eddery chose to track to the stands rails, and repeated the tactic on another market leader in the two-mile race, the Crawley Warren Handicap. He brought Admiral's Well to tackle the pacesetting Kadastrof two furlongs out, and the four-year-old stayed on stoutly. Kadastrof, headed by Sun Grebe inside the final furlong, fought back well to force a dead-heat with the filly for the minor honours.

But Eddery's preference for the stands side proved his undoing in the following heat, the 10-furlong Broking Handicap. He led the pack across on Deer Hunt, and proved the best of that bunch. But Billy Newnes had kept the blinkered 16-1 shot Statajack over on the far rails and the lone furrow he ploughed proved successful.

The ground at Kempton, only 12 miles from Epsom, was soft, but no more rain is forecast. John Dunlop reported theDerby favourite Erhaab and his second string Khamaseen in good form after their final workout yesterday morning, and had further heartening news from Rome, where his Lester Piggott-ridden Captain Horatius took first place in the valuable Premio Ellington.

At Haydock, the punt of the day went astray when Dance Turn took the richest race, the Tote Credit Silver Bowl, at 25-1. The Damister colt, well behind Linney Head in the Sandown Classic Trial on his previous outing, responded in doggedly under Russell Price to hold the persistent challenge of the favourite Knave's Ash, backed from 5-1 to 13-8, and then the late flourish of Fawran.

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