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Michelle takes the honours

MICHELLE Mullineaux, of Alpraham, celebrated her first winner on the flat at Chester Racecourse's Ladies' Evening on Tuesday.

MICHELLE Mullineaux, of Alpraham, celebrated her first winner on the flat at Chester Racecourse's Ladies' Evening on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old triumphed in front of a crowd of 12,251.

Lake Wakatipu, sent off at 20-1, made up ground around the out-side of the field in the closing stages of the Kemira GrowHow Handicap Stakes for Lady Amateur Riders to win by a neck from Acuzio.

Trainer Mick, Michelle's father, said: 'What a course to do it on, we're delighted. Luckily, she came back into form tonight.'

Previous experience around the Roodee paid off for Northern Fling in the five-furlong Chester Chronicle EBF Maiden Stakes.

Adrian Nicholls encouraged the 4-1 joint favourite to show his best turn of foot and come through the field, winning by one-and-aquarter lengths from one of the early pace-setters, Dress To Impress. This victory was the first two-year-old success of the season for trainer David Nicholls.

The Ernst & Young Handicap Stakes resulted in a one-and-a-half-length victory for 8-1 shot Princess Cocoa, who tracked the long-time leader Aurora Jane before jockey Paul Hanagan sent the filly to win her race inside the final furlong. Successful trainer Richard Fahey said: 'She's been improving all the time, we're delighted. Paul is a great Chester rider, it was a good run and she'll definitely stay further.'

Adrian Nicholls showed a great judge of pace to notch up a quick double in the one-mile-two-furlong Liberty Properties PLC Handicap Stakes.

Prime Contender led the field into the straight but failed to hold the characteristic late surge produced by 5-1 chance Lucayan Dancer who was a neck in front crossing the line to record his second successive win in this race.

'That wasn't the plan but Fergal said there was too much trouble to come down the inside,' said Jim Goldie Junior following the half-length win of Dhaular Dhar in the feature race of the evening, the £16,000 Bank of Scotland Corporate Handicap Stakes.

Lord Of The East hugged the inside rail and held the advantage coming into the home straight while the winner, sent off at 8-1, went wide to ensure a clear run.

Goldie added: 'He's got a lot of toe and is very versatile. We always had Chester in mind. He's a bit quirky and it keeps him interested. We might look at Goodwood for him next.'

Magic Glade, a 12-1 chance in the Aktiv Kapital UK Ltd Handicap Stakes, justified the faith which his trainer, Roy Brotherton, holds in him when victorious by a neck. Harry Up was in prime position on the final bend when several horses remained in contention.

Jockey Royston Ffrench had his mount's head in front where it mattered.

The trainer said: 'That was like winning the Lottery, he loves cut in the ground. He couldn't dominate today but just picked up. It's an amazing place here.'

The next race meeting at Chester features the Roman Festival on Saturday, July 1 when the gates open at 11.30am and the first race is due off at 2.30pm.

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