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Revved-up Martin Harley gets Green Light for Old Newton Cup bid

By Frank Brownlow

Published 01/07/2016

Eyes on prize: Martin Harley has big-race hopes tomorrow at Haydock
Eyes on prize: Martin Harley has big-race hopes tomorrow at Haydock

Ulster jockey Martin Harley gets his shot at glory in one of the big Saturday races when he rides Green Light in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock.

Green Light, trained by Ralph Beckett, goes into tomorrow's televised £100,000 contest off the back of victory last month at Epsom on Derby day.

Tomorrow's feature is the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, The Gurkha heading the market at even money in the £500,000 showpiece.

Harley's fellow Ulsterman Pat Cosgrave steered the William Haggas-trained Mubtasim (7-2) to glory in the second division of the six-furlong novice event at Yarmouth yesterday.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, said: "He worked like a winner at home. He could be useful.

"William had him ready a couple of weeks ago, but he has been waiting for the better ground."

Frankie Dettori enjoyed a profitable first visit to Yarmouth this season with a near 16-1 double.

The three-times champion jockey did not have to wait long before returning to the winner's enclosure after teaming up with John Gosden to take the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes with Nobly Born.

The Marco Botti-trained Shahbar (9-1) completed the Italian's brace with a length-and-three-quarters success in the Moulton Nursery Of Acle Handicap.

Dettori, reflecting on racing at the track, said: "They had a few issues with the bends because the grass was not settled, but it seems to be okay now they have had a few races back on it.

"Let's now move forward and get Yarmouth back going again."

- Armagh trainer Ronan McNally had a winner at Perth yesterday, champion jockey Richard Johnson riding Violoniste to victory in the handicap hurdle.

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