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Star horse: Dark Jedi, ridden by Duran Fentiman, wins the attheraces.com Handicap at Ripon Racecourse

Star horse: Dark Jedi, ridden by Duran Fentiman, wins the attheraces.com Handicap at Ripon Racecourse

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Star horse: Dark Jedi, ridden by Duran Fentiman, wins the attheraces.com Handicap at Ripon Racecourse

Tim Easterby should have some fun with Dark Jedi, given how his new purchase won for the second time in just 10 days at Ripon - initiating a double for the Great Habton handler.

Successful at Hamilton last week, the former Charlie Hills inmate swooped fast and late under Duran Fentiman to beat Nicklaus by a length and a quarter in the www.attheraces.com Handicap.

Sent off a 6/1 chance, he is the first horse owner Evan Sutherland - who has tasted success with the likes of Out Do and Highland Colori in the past - has sent to Easterby.

"William (Easterby) and Rory Bevan bought him second-hand (for 20,000 guineas) - he was just a good looking horse," said Easterby.

"He could be a Saturday horse - but I don't mind coming here on a Wednesday! He's a very nice horse, he won nicely and had a good position throughout.

"If you get a good run through here you've got a good chance.

"He's our first horse for Evan, and it's a great start. He's a lovely man and a good owner and a genuine guy so it's great we've got a nice horse for him."

Easterby doubled up in the Visit attheraces.com Handicap with Garden Oasis (11/1) - who has a slightly different profile.

Bounced out of the stalls by David Allan, from the widest draw of all, he never saw another rival and won eased down by four and a half lengths.

Easterby said: "Every time he ran last season he came back not right. He was actually in the sales, but we decided not to sell.

"It took a long time to get him right in the winter, but he's been sound and ran a good race at Haydock but didn't get home. David won it in the first furlong."

Andrea Atzeni made sure the trip north was worthwhile when making all the running on Richard Hannon's Mambo Nights (11/4) in the Follow @attheraces On Twitter Handicap.

Only four went to post, but all will win races in the future - and Mambo Nights, in defying top weight, looks the best prospect currently.

Belfast Telegraph