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Champagne moment for Mason

17 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 17/06/17 3:04pm

The crowds look on as Tapis Libre takes the opener on a busy day at York.

The crowds look on as Tapis Libre takes the opener on a busy day at York.

Joanna Mason steered Tapis Libre to victory for a seventh time when taking the prize for lady amateur riders in the Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap at York.

Mason had Tapis Libre (8/1) quite handy as Imshivalla led the field into the long straight before sending him on some way out.

Mukhayyam came from a long way back to claim second place, but was a length and a quarter down at the line. Azari was a further three-quarters of a length away in third place.

Both Mason and trainer Jacqueline Coward are granddaughters of veteran Yorkshire trainer Mick Easterby.

“He just battles on and he kept going. He’s so brave,” Mason, who won her weight in champagne, told .

“When he sees another horse come to him, he goes again. He’s so gritty.

“I’d won on him six times so now it’s seven. I hope seven becomes eight!”

Andrew Balding’s hunch that Viscount Barfield would enjoy fast ground at York proved correct as the 11/1 shot lifted the JCB Handicap.

The four-year-old gelding had not won for 11 months but with everything in his favour, Viscount Barfield showed he was up to landing this competitive event.

Salateen broke so fast from his wide draw that he was able to lead and tack across and, despite being headed, stuck on well for third place as David Probert guided Viscount Barfield home.

Mutawathea was beaten three-quarters of a length in second place with Salateen third and Above The Rest fourth.

“He’s a horse I’ve been dying to get on this track. We did run him over a mile here last year but he needs fast ground and this style of racing really suits him,” said Balding.

“I’m so pleased. David Brownlow, who owns him, has been a a supporter of mine for a lot of years and David has given him a terrific ride.”

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