Across the card double

By John Scanlon

At Ripon on April 18 Sir Ron Priestley won on his seasonal debut in the novice event over a mile and a half under Joe Fanning. Paul Dean’s Australia colt was asked to challenge the leader as they entered the straight and took up the running with two furlongs to run.
Keeping on well to the line, Sir Ron Priestley scored by six lengths from Babbo’s Boy. By the dual Derby winner Australia, he is out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Reckoning. She won a mile maiden at Doncaster as a juvenile and was Listed-placed on three occasions over 10 furlongs at three and four. A double on the day was completed at Chelmsford when another son of Australia, the three-year-old gelding Lord Lamington, scored a comfortable win under Franny Norton in the handicap over an extended mile and five furlongs.
The gelding, owned by Netherfield House Stud, faced only three rivals, but these included the odds-on favourite Seeusoon, who led as the field turned for home. Lord Lamington hit the front in the closing stages and at the line had won by three lengths from Tigray. He is out of the prolific winner Lady Eclair and is a half-brother to the French-trained Al Malhouf, a Listed winner.

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