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Stunning finish at Salisbury Racecourse
FORM is not something Laser Blazer is notorious for.
But that changed at Salisbury as Jeremy Gask’s horse left everyone staggered as it cruised home in the final race of the evening.
The 33/1 shot has raced at the rear during the start of its three previous meetings, and it was no different at Salisbury, till the final few furlongs when it broke clear in the Westover Group Handicap.
Luca Cumani’s Don Padeja was the 5/6 favourite before it left the stalls in the one mile and three quarters race, but was outpaced by Jim Crowley in his gleaming yellow and orange jockey jacket.
Training expert Richard Hannon, who has held the best course win rate at Salisbury for five years, completed the treble on Friday, along with Crowley – on various horses.
He got the perfect start with a straight forecast in a six-furlong sprint, when 3/1 Arranger came first and Our Duchess finished second, both horses holding off the public’s 6/5 choice of Tides Reach.
The next six-furlong sprint was notched up by Hannon, Go For Broke holding off the assertive High Accolade and long-shot Marmarus at 12/1.
And it was icing on the cake for the Marlborough-based trainer when the listed feature race popped up, taking home the £27,500 stake.
It was going to take some beating for Washaar, already entered in some prestigious trophies, to crumble in the Weatherbys Bank Stonehenge Stakes, despite a good finish from Cool Bahamian.
The maiden race of the night, the Lady amateur riders’ handicap, offered plenty of entertainment in a big field as Brendan Powell’s Mahadee at 7/2 beat Jewelled and Takitwo.
Joint favourite in the penultimate race, Plutocracy, beat Hannon’s Ronaldinho, who struggled in the final few furlongs. Lady Pimpernel came second ahead of Duke of Perth in third.
It was also success for favourite Anglophile in the fourth race.