Inside Track: Berry double is great tribute

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A very decent-sized crowd flocked through the gates of Doncaster Racecourse last Saturday to see three of the country’s top tribute acts and seven Flat races.

And it was Irish jockey Fran Berry who was most successful with a double.

His first winner came in the opening race, a handicap over seven furlongs. Red Paladin blew the start completely and was 12 lengths off the lead at the halfway stage, before coming with a wet sail down the far side to reel back Imaginary World in the shadow of the post.

His second winner came in the feature race, a seven-furlong handicap, in which the well-backed favourite Shebebi ran out a ready winner for trainer Mark Johnston. The colt had won a very competitive handicap at Haydock earlier on in the season, and the application of first time blinkers certainly worked a treat.

Trainer James Fanshawe and jockey Freddie Tylicki extended their fantastic run of winners as Shwaiman routed an in-form field in the mile-six handicap by seven lengths. Tylicki was fresh from riding a treble at Newmarket on Friday night and Fanshawe, after the weekend, has had seven winners from his last eleven runners.

The sprint handicap at 4.15 went to Doctor Parkes, ridden by JP Guillambert. This horse had run just a week ago at Ascot at their Shergar Cup meeting, and was ridden by internationally-renowned jockey Gary Stevens. His mount battled well to win at odds of 16/1.

We have saved some ground on the round course in preparation for the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival which is less than three weeks away.

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