666Bet Bunbury Cup
Heritage Handicap, Newmarket
£120,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 2
Saturday 12th July 2014

1 Heaven's Guest 12/1
2 Absolutely So 5/1
3 Hoodna 12/1
NR: Ayaar (IRE), Dont Bother Me (IRE), Field Of Dream, Horsted Keynes (FR), Redvers (IRE), Sirius Prospect (USA), Zanetto

Heaven's Guest lands the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket for Richard Fahey under Tony Hamilton

Heaven's Guest
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Heaven's Guest
Heaven's Guest came out on top in a thrilling climax to the fiercely-competitive 666bet Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.

The blinkered Ertijaal ensured a true test as he set a strong gallop out in front, but he was a spent force heading towards the final furlong, where Absolutely So and Hoodna came through to dispute the lead, with 12-1 shot Heaven's Guest towards the stands side and Fort Bastion on the far side of the track soon making it four in line as the line loomed.

Heaven's Guest, who also won a valuable handicap at last year's July meeting, poked his head in front where it mattered to take top honours by half a length, with Absolutely So and Hoodna second and third respectively.

Winning jockey Tony Hamilton said: "He had a very good season last season and has just paid for it a little bit this year.

"He got a nice bit of cover there and to be fair he's done it well.

"He appreciates that bit of rain. It's just on the easy side of good and he travelled well and did it well in the end.

"He dug deep and he's a game horse. He likes a fight."

Trainer Richard Fahey said: "He's a hardy pro and a professional racehorse. Seven furlongs and that ground seems to suit him.

"He's a good, hardy sprint handicapper who's nearly won £300,000."

Fahey added: "The cut in the ground seems to help him. He looks after himself when it is not right.

"To be honest, he won two big handicaps last year including a £100,000 race here and he has come down the handicap and come good."

"We tried him in stakes races but he lacks a gear for that and he loves these big handicaps where they go flat out. They are tailor-made for him.

"He is in at Goodwood and he is in the International at Ascot."

Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 2
13 ran
Going: Good to Soft


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Heaven's Guest
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
9st 3lbs
12 - 1
Winner
2
Absolutely So
A M Balding
W Buick
9st 2lbs
5 - 1
1/2 length
3
Hoodna
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 2lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
4
Fort Bastion
Mrs R Carr
J P Sullivan
8st 13lbs
22 - 1
1 1/4 length
5
Ertijaal
W J Haggas
P Hanagan
8st 13lbs
8 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
6
Georgian Bay
K R Burke
G Lee
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
Head
7
Louis The Pious
D O'Meara
N Callan
9st 7lbs
14 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
8
Glen Moss
D H Brown
S M Levey
9st 6lbs
7 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
9
Mezzotint
S C Williams
P Mulrennan
8st 13lbs
66 - 1
1/2 length
10
Loving Spirit
J A R Toller
Robert Tart
9st 1lbs
10 - 1
1 1/2 length
11
Best Of Order
D O'Meara
J P Spencer
8st 13lbs
20 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
12
Professor
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 10lbs
7 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
13
Abseil
Sir Michael Stoute
James Doyle
8st 13lbs
4 - 1
1/2 length
NR
Sirius Prospect
D K Ivory
Non Runner
9st 10lbs
-
NR
Field Of Dream
J A Osborne
Non Runner
9st 9lbs
-
NR
Horsted Keynes
R Varian
Jim Crowley
9st 2lbs
-
NR
Dont Bother Me
M Botti
Non Runner
9st 0lbs
-
NR
Zanetto
A M Balding
Thomas Brown
8st 13lbs
-
NR
Redvers
E F Vaughan
Non Runner
8st 13lbs
-
NR
Ayaar
L M Cumani
L Dettori
8st 13lbs
-
       

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