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Many A Star wins tight Coral Stewards' Sprint Handicap

The Tom Marquand-ridden Many A Star shaded the verdict in a three-way finish to the Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, a consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup.

Magnolia Cup winner Dark Shot came close to making every yard of the running for the second time this week, but was swallowed up by the 8-1 winner and runner-up The Lamplighter in the shadow of the post.

Oliver Cole, who trains the winner in partnership with his father, Paul, said: “He’d been quite busy before his last race at Newmarket where there wasn’t enough pace for him.

“We decided to give him six weeks off, during which time he put on some condition.

“Today the idea was to tuck in and get him cover but Tom couldn’t manage that from his awkward draw.

“He would get that (cover) in the Ayr Gold Cup but the ground would have to be quick.”

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