Lisamour is the surprise package at Salisbury

Percy Alleline holds off the challenge from Sunset Sail on Thursday night

Percy Alleline holds off the challenge from Sunset Sail on Thursday night

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MAJOR outsider Lisamour caused a real stir in Salisbury Racecourse’s ultimate evening race on Thursday night.

The punters favoured 2/1 shot Curbyourenthusiasm in the sixth race, while two-year-old Lisamour disappeared into the dark at 16/1.

Nonetheless, jockey Louis Steward rode the canny winner home in the one mile one furlong race for the prize fund of £4,500.

The other surprise of the night appeared in the opening race when the notorious double act Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes were heavily-backed to take the Irish Stallion Farms Stakes with Sunset Sail.

The 4/5 favourite headed into the five furlong race gingerly but failed to shake off Ralph Beckett’s debutant Percy Alleline, who edged it at 9/2.

“There was a lot of money for him just before the off,” said Beckett.

“The lads must have finished their work just in time.

“He’s been showing up well at home and it wasn’t a big surprise he ran so well.”

Following heavy rain that transformed the track to going from good to firm, good in places to soft, half the field were withdrawn from the six furlong handicap, enabling Hughes to gain instant compensation for the defeat of Sunset Sail on Spiraea.

He steered the sturdy filly, priced at 6/1, through the finish line neck-and-neck with Milton Bradley’s New Decade.

Over the same distance in the third race, Backstage Gossip swept home in front of Inis Airc in a time of 1.19mins by two clear lengths.

In the feature handicap race, with £10,000 on the winners table, The Quarterjack shrugged off a determined surge from Ivanhoe.

And in the penultimate field, equal 11-4 shots Kashmiri Sunset and Bold Runner battled it out for the win, with the latter racing home first by two-and-a-half-lengths.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 10.

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