In most emphatic style the striking chesnut gelding Party Island notched up his seventh career win over twelve furlongs at Lingfield Park. Drifting in the tight market during the afternoon he simply blew the rest of the field away after travelling very easily throughout the first mile. As the Racing Post suggested, nominating him the star performer of yesterday's card, he ran out a decisive winner in the best comparative time. From a draw in stall 9 jockey George Bass had to go quite wide throughout, taking up a position in about seventh place to skirt the field but going very well indeed. After the turn at the top of the track he moved forward to race three abreast at the head of the field, and then coming down the hill George moved Party Island to the front and switched him inside to the rail, From this point, and over three furlongs out, he kicked clear decisively to get first run. Easily going two lengths up initially, the margin of his lead increased to perhaps eight or ten lengths by the furlong pole half way along the home stretch, and then he was not for catching - still an impressive five lengths in front at the post. Returning at 13/2 he will have put quite a few smiles on faces heading off to their own Party Islands. Denis has always held Tony Killoran's gelding in high regard and he feels that he is getting better and stronger all the time. Connections are delighted Party Island has returned to flat race successes after a hurdling interlude, and he can certainly win more races now : either on the all weather tracks or back on the turf once a bit of rain arrives in due course.
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