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  • 16:45 Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Handicap7f

  • £50,000 added 3yo+ 27 ran
  • Winner £32,345 2nd £9,625 3rd £4,810 4th £2,405
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 31.43s
  • Off time: 16:48:10

Rock lands finale for Simcock

Last Updated: 19/10/13 6:22pm

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Breton Rock wins the last under Lewis Walsh

Breton Rock wins the last under Lewis Walsh

Trainer David Simcock saddled three horses in the closing race on QIPCO British Champions Day, and welcomed back the first and third.

Newmarket-based Simcock's Breton Rock, a 12/1 shot ridden by Lewis Walsh, finished one length ahead of the Richard Hannon-trained Intrigo, while Gramercy, the mount of Shelley Birkett, followed the first two home.

The successful apprentice is 24 and lives in Newmarket - he has ridden eight winners, including three this season.

Simcock said: "It's a very special day and a great day to have a winner. More pleasing for me is that the winner is owned by John Cook, my very first owner when I started training and he's had a horse with me every year since. It's special to win a decent prize like this [worth £25,000 to the winning owner].

This horse is not finished yet - next year he'll move up in class and he's a very talented horse when the ground is soft.

"You have a slightly open mind when you come into a 27-runner handicap - for instance Gramercy was drawn on the wrong side. I'm delighted for the lads to get a chance to ride in this, not only Lewis, but also George [Buckell, on 11th-placed Our Jonathan]. You can't give them as many rides as you would like, but if they work hard there are opportunities. A race like this is as important for them as it is for me.

"There's a new race at Nottingham during the second week of November and Breton Rock could run there - it's over a mile, so will tell us something ahead of next season."

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