Landmark victory for Coakley

‘A good day’ – Ross Coakley reflects on Landark’s success in final round of Sky Bet Sunday series

Glenartney provided jockey Ross Coakley with the first Listed success of his career with a fight victory in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Pontefract Castle Fillies’ Stakes.

A field of seven riders lined up for the mile and a half, Bartzella storming as an 11-10 favorite in their bid for a fourth victory in five starts.

But the warning signs had been out for her supporters early on, with Danny Tudhope – fresh off of four winners at Royal Ascot – hard at work for a long time and she was finally well beaten.

Glenartney, trained by Ed Walker, had failed to add to their tally in six starts since opening their account at Newmarket in October 2020, but ran with credit when third in a group three at York last month.

Rolling back on the trip, the 9-2 chance traveled hard for much of the run and was tough when she needed to be in the closing stages to see Goldie Hawk by a neck.

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Coakley told ITV Racing: “She is tough. Our main concern before the race was the lack of pace and being drawn I wasn’t sure if I should run with her, which is not something we would like to do in a normal situation as she is just galloping.

“But it worked well, they had a good canter, she went out beautifully and rode the race well.

“She may have rolled around a bit and felt a bit lonely, but I always felt she was doing enough and it’s a big win for connections with being a filly.

“It’s a big personal milestone for me, my first putting win, so I’m very grateful to Ed and his connections for giving me the opportunity. Obviously I rode it in the Bronte Cup at York the last time when we felt we were unlucky that day and she is a filly that I think we will see the best of in the fall when she is slower.

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