Piper hits the right note at Ripon
Last Updated: 04/08/14 5:56pm
Pipers Note earned himself a return trip to Ripon for the William Hill Great St Wilfrid by notching his third course win in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Summer Sprint Trophy.Victory for the four-year-old was the highlight of a double for trainer Richard Whitaker and jockey George Chaloner.
Whitaker was absent as he was in hospital for an operation but his son Simon was straight on the phone relaying the good news.
Pipers Note had scored twice over course and distance last season and while not troubling the judge in two starts to date in this campaign, he had shown enough to be sent off the 5-1 second-favourite.
Chaloner always looked confident but Another Wise Kid threw down a serious challenge close home, failing by a short head.
"That's fantastic, we fancied him as he'd been working well at home, but they always have to go and do it on the track," said Simon Whitaker.
"Things didn't go right for him last time at Doncaster and he maybe didn't stay seven furlongs.
"I never thought the undulations would suit him here and thought he'd be one for flatter tracks, but he seems to enjoy it.
"I thought we'd got caught there but we'll have to think about the St Wilfrid now, he'll get in it at least.
"He's got two weeks to get over this and it's perfect.
"Dad had just come round after an operation but this will speed up his recovery."
In recent years Pepper Lane and Spinatrix
have used the race as a stepping stone to the Great St Wilfrid.
Half an hour earlier Woodacre (5-4 favourite) had followed up a recent win at Pontefract in the Ripon Remembers The Great War Handicap, despite Chaloner putting up 2lb overweight.
"When I heard he was putting up overweight I wondered if it was the right decision with Conor Beasley sat in the weighing room but in the end it didn't matter so much," said Whitaker.
Chaloner said: "I would have preferred to have been handier, but they went no pace so I had to sit and suffer. Give him credit, he battled hard."
Karl Burke's Little Lady Katie sprang a 50-1 surprise in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
A daughter of Burke's former top-class juvenile Lord Shanakill, she took a huge step forward from her first run at Carlisle and held off Roger Varian's Stocking by a head.
It was a birthday winner for jockey Joey Haynes, who turned 20.
Burke said: "It's not a big surprise to me, I knew she'd improve a lot for her first run and I'm very happy.
"She's not a black type filly or anything like that so we'll go down the handicapping route
"I've only got two Lord Shanakills, a colt and her."
Birthday boy Haynes said: "She was there to win but we thought she would come on again for today.
"We knew she'd improved form her debut but thought there was more to come. I still think there is.
"It's a nice birthday present anyway."
David O'Meara took the City Welter Handicap Stakes for the second successive year as Innocently (7-1) won well for Danny Tudhope.
Last year's winner Bondesire is now rated 97 but O'Meara is unsure if Innocently possesses the same improvement.
"He's very fast, maybe he didn't run his race at York last time as he's beaten a few who were ahead of him the last day. I don't know if he'll turn out as good as Bondesire though," said the Nawton handler.
Rachel Richardson rode her seventh winner of season on Tim Easterby's White Flag in the Studley Selling Handicap.
"She's tough and I knew Rachel would suit her well," said Easterby. There was no bid for the winner.
Michael Bell's Spiritoftheunion (5-4 favourite) never saw another rival after Paul Mulrennan grabbed the bull by the horns in the SIS Maiden Stakes, while Mark Johnston kept up the winners with an easy success for Opera Fan (9-4 favourite) in the Fossgate Handicap.