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Ryan best on Ladies’ Day

By Robert Jones

Amy Ryan proved an apt star in the saddle as she triumphed aboard Tumblewind at Beverley's ever-popular Ladies' Day.

The Westwood venue always draws a substantial crowd for this particular afternoon of action — despite the weather — and Ryan's mount was not unfancied in the East Riding Mail Maiden Auction Stakes.

Sent off a 5-1 chance, the daughter of Captain Rio defied an unfavourable high draw as she hit the front a furlong out and kept on for a three-quarter-length verdict over Bogsnog.

Winning trainer Richard Whitaker said: “She did it well from a bad draw. She's been working with Love Island at home and that won at Thirsk on Monday.

“She's very green still, but she shouldn't be hammered (by the handicapper) for nurseries.

“There might be some improvement there.”

Kalk Bay followed up his recent Redcar victory with a win in the first division of the Wold Construction Brian And Ian Memorial Handicap.

The five-year-old ended a lengthy losing spell at the Teeside track earlier this month but was saddled with an extra 6lb for that effort.

However, Mick Easterby's runner proved up to the challenge as he pulled four and a half lengths clear of Merchant Of Medici in the 10-furlong event.

The trainer's son, David, said: “I didn't think he'd defy that penalty but he's obviously still improving.

“Paul (Mulrennan) said he rode like a good one and the tongue-tie seems to be working.”

Saint Thomas obliged for favourite backers in the Beverley Advertiser Handicap.

Punters may have been finding it a bit tough but the 4-1 market leader did not let them down as he triumphed by a head from Tiger Webb in the hands of Dale Swift.

Trainer John Mackie said: “He's a tough little horse. He wants them to go quick — the quicker the better. He's been a grand servant for us.”

Meanwhile, Saint Baudolino claimed a messy running of the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville.

Owned by Godolphin and trained by Andre Fabre, Saint Baudolino was well fancied after finishing second in the French Derby and third in the Grand Prix de Paris on his last two outings.

He was settled in fourth on the heels of stablemate Aesop's Fables early on by Maxime Guyon as Kirsty Milczarek set the early pace on Rewarded.

The duo were still at the head of affairs turning for home in the 10-furlong contest.

Three furlongs out they kicked on again and put clear daylight between the rest of the field.

However, Guyon only had to give the signal and Saint Baudolino demonstrated an impressive change of gear to sweep to the head of affairs a furlong out.

The result was never in doubt once he hit the front and Aesop's Fables and Ashkiyr fought out the minor places in a photo finish.

Coral were suitably impressed with Saint Baudolino's performance and make him a 14-1 chance from 20-1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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