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KEMPTON REPORT | Wednesday’s all-weather action

Jockey Pat Cosgrave landed a quickfire double on the seven-race card at Kempton on Wednesday

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Pat Cosgrave claimed a 230/1 double at Kempton on Wednesday evening, as the jockey landed success in the closing two contests on the card in Sunbury-on-Thames.

The 39-year-old kicked off the quickfire double with victory in the 1m3f Handicap with 10/1 shot Genuine Approval.

Pat Cosgrave Kempton
Pat Cosgrove landed a 230/1 double at Kempton on Wednesday evening

John Butler’s runner was locked in battle with Mr Zee in the home straight, as the pair pulled away from the pack.

Cosgrave’s mount pushed in front in the final stages and fended off the challenges of his rival, running on well to win by half a length.

The jockey tasted success once again only half an hour later, as George Baker’s Highway One caused an upset in the 2m Handicap at odds of 20/1.

The seven-year-old began to make eye-catching progress in the home straight, pulling level with the leading pair of Liva and Evaporust in the final furlong.

An enthusiastic ride from Cosgrave pushed the mare on and she timed her challenge perfectly, snatching the win by a neck in the final strides.

The beautifully-bred Moshaawer justified odds-on favouritism in a 1m3f Novice Stakes, but he had to endure a late scare from a 125/1 outsider. 

Roger Varian
Roger Varian saw Moshaawer claim success at Kempton

Eve Johnson Houghton’s Tipsy Laird was incredibly close to landing a major upset in Surrey, as the gelding took an early lead and quickened away from the pack at two furlongs out.

But Roger Varian’s colt was able to reel him the brave runner in the final stages, surviving a scare to win by a neck.

Ice Station Zebra (tipped up as our flat NAP of the day) showed further progress to win the 6f Handicap for Ralph Beckett, while Joseph Parr’s Conscious claimed the 1m Handicap.

Dream Composer made late headway to win the Class 4 6f Handicap for James Evans and Jonathan Portman’s Quick Breath held off a late challenger to win by a neck in the 7f Handicap.

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