By Simon Jackson at Sandown.
Chain Of Events bagged his fourth course and distance win at Sandown and his second here in 16 days when he landed the 10 furlongs Class 3 today.
The tenacious half-length victory was the seven-year-olds third win on the bounce and continued his rejuvenation since joining Newmarket trainer Michael Wigham at the start of the year.
The manner of the victory bore all of the hallmarks of his neck victory in a Class 5 over course and distance in late May. He tracked the leaders for the bulk of the journey under William Buick, before taking it up a furlong out and then bravely repelled all challengers to secure victory.
“I have had him since January. He is a bit of a star,” Wigham said. “They are all running well but when they are improving like this when they are seven-years-old you must be doing something right.
“The horse had a few minor problems which we have sorted out. He has a big heart and a great will to win.
“We will have to think about where to go next. The galloping tracks like Sandown and Newmarket suit him well. He likes a fair galloping track that gives a good test of stamina.
“We are now on a career high and he needs to be at his best for future races.”
Earlier, Richard Hannon made a superb start to the day when he trained the winners of the first three races.
He won the opening race, a five furlong Class 5 for two-year-olds, with debutant Ivawood who justified strong market support to win for Richard Hughes.
Hannon provided the first and second in the next race when Tupi and Marshall Jennings finished first and second in a seven furlong Class 5 for two-year-olds, to secure a double for trainer and jockey.
“Tupi is a really nice horse and so is the second horse,” Hannon said. “We bought him for later on and we will give him a break now. There is a race at Deauville later in the season which will suit him.”
Hannon secured the hat-trick in the next race – a one mile Class 4 – with Cay Dancer who was ridden by seven pound claimer Cam Hardie.
The last two races on the six race card went to the Robert Mills-trained Rydan and John Gosden’s Twin Point.
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