Racing: Two days by the shore suits veteran Sea-Deer

FOR THE second time in his career, the 10-year-old Sea-Deer won two races at Yarmouth within 24 hours when leaving his younger rivals standing in the apprentice handicap at the Norfolk course yesterday.

On 12 June, 1996, he was successful in the hands of Frankie Dettori and the following day defied a penalty with Richard Hills in the saddle.

He was retained after winning a seller on the track on Tuesday and had to shoulder a penalty taking his weight to 10st 2lb, but he made light of it to win convincingly in the hands of Phil Shea. It was the 16th win of his career.

In contrast, Decarchy was embarking on his career in the maiden race and an impressive debut it was as the Henry Cecil-trained colt drew away to score by seven lengths under Willie Ryan. Closely related to Chester House, he looks sure to go on to better things and Ryan said: "It was probably an ordinary race, but he gave me the feel of a very nice horse."

Next year's Cheltenham Festival will be all-ticket. Racegoers will have to book in advance for each enclosure on all three days of the meeting - not just Gold Cup day as in the past two years. The decision was taken after record attendances for each of the first two days of the Festival this year. "We hope that racegoers will take advantage of our early-booking system, which offers discounted admission until 11 December," the course's managing director, Edward Gillespie, said.

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