Lee hits the jackpot

GRAHAM LEE was in top form at Hexham yesterday when he scooped an 291-1 hat-trick.

GRAHAM LEE was in top form at Hexham yesterday when he scooped an 291-1 hat-trick.

The Grand National-winning rider set the ball rolling when Crathorne (4-1) struck for Martin Todhunter in the Camerons Brewery Charlie Bear Cancer Care Novices’ Chase.

Lee doubled up on 11-2 chance Roissin Gold in the totesport.com Handicap Hurdle, before completing his three-timer when Todhunter’s Manoubi (8-1) showed the way home in the Lexus Newcastle Handicap Chase.

Meanwhile, Geoff Wragg has targeted a trip to the Newmarket July meeting for Ivy Creek after he gained a second Listed race in a month at Pontefract.

Wragg’s charge showed a really willing attitude to win the totesport Pontefract Castle Stakes under Steve Drowne.

There were five virtually in line a quarter of a mile out but The Geezer, who led after a couple of furlongs, was not going down without a fight.

Godolphin’s chestnut was having his first run since May last year and could not quite cope with Ivy Creek, who headed him with 75 yards to run and collected by one and a half lengths –j despite hanging right.

Wragg, who also sent out Heron Bay to win the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, said: “He’s a really nice horse and I think someone said last year he was the best three-year-old.

“But he had a bit of a back problem so we gave him a good rest.

“We will definitely step him up in class a bit now and he will probably go for the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket (on July 12).”

Dunaskin had not won since August 2004 but Karen McLintock produced him fit and ready to defy joint-top weight in the totequadpot Handicap.

Richard Hills, having his first ride for the stable, sent the seven-year-old into the lead from the outset and kept him going in fine style in the last quarter mile to hold Blue Spinnaker by two and a half lengths.

McLintock said of the 4-1 joint favourite: “He is entered in the Northumberland Plate on Saturday and though he likes some cut in the ground, two miles would be too far in soft going.

“I am annoyed that we did not put him in the John Smith’s Cup at York the way the weather is going, but we may have a look at the Old Newton Cup at Haydock – and there is a nice race at Windsor too.”

Jimmy Fortune was in cracking form at Royal Ascot – taking the top jockey title with five winners – and kept up the good work with a typically determined ride to get the Neville Callaghan-trained Froissee home in the totecourse to course Fillies’ Handicap.

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