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Sky Bet Sunday Series: Landmark Listed win for Coakley

Sun 19 Jun 2022

"A good day" - Ross Coakley reflects on landark success notched up during the latest round of the Sky Bet Sunday Series

Glenartney provided jockey Ross Coakley with the first Listed success of his career with a battling victory in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Pontefract Castle Fillies’ Stakes.

A field of seven runners went to post for the mile and a half feature, with Bartzella all the rage as the 11-10 favourite in her bid to claim a fourth win from five starts.

But the warning signs were out for her supporters from an early stage, with Danny Tudhope – fresh from riding four winners at Royal Ascot – hard at work a long way out and she was ultimately well beaten.

The Ed Walker-trained Glenartney had failed to add to her tally in six starts since opening her account at Newmarket in October 2020, but did run with credit when third in a Group Three at York last month.

Stepping back down in trip, the 9-2 chance travelled strongly for much of race and was tough when she needed to be in the closing stages to see off Goldie Hawk by a neck.

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Coakley told ITV Racing: “She’s tough. Our main worry before the race was a lack of pace and being drawn one I didn’t know whether to make the running with her which isn’t something we’d be keen to do in a normal situation because all she does is gallop.

“But it worked out nicely, they went a good gallop, she switched off beautifully and travelled well through the run.

“She maybe rolled around a bit and got a bit lonely but I always felt she was just about doing enough and it’s a big win for connections with her being a filly.

“That’s a big personal landmark for me, my first stakes win, so I’m very grateful to Ed and connections for giving me the opportunity. Obviously I rode her in the Bronte Cup at York last time when we felt we were a little unlucky on the day and she’s a filly I think we’ll see the best of in the autumn when she’ll get slower ground.”

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