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Making Miracles wins Chester Cup for jockey Franny Norton

Making Miracles

Making Miracles won the Chester Cup by six lengths after jockey Franny Norton sent the 16-1 shot clear at the home turn in gruelling rain-softened ground.

Norton, riding for Mark Johnston, came from a wide draw to race by the inside rail and finished comfortably clear of Who Dares Wins and Whiskey Sour.

It was a first victory in the contest for the trainer and 48-year-old-jockey, nicknamed the ‘King of Chester’.

The win completed a 16-1 double for the pair after Aquarium triumphed earlier.

“I was drawn 16 and they said I couldn’t win from there, but I had a good, willing partner. I was able to go at the fractions I wanted to go and then it was nice and easy,” said Norton.

“It’s beautiful as it was a race I wanted to win, so I’m happy. No, I’m not [going to do a Ruby Walsh and retire] – I’ve only just started!”

Jockey Jane Elliott also racked up two wins – for trainer Tom Dascombe – taking the opener on Sha La La La Lee (12-1) before landing the five-furlong sprint with 5-2 chance She Can Boogie.

Analysis

Cornelius Lysaght, BBC racing correspondent

This was a well deserved success in the biggest prize at a tricky track which Franny Norton has long mastered better than pretty much anybody else.

On the tiny, tight course it is all too easy for otherwise very able jockeys to get boxed in, go too wide or strike for home too early, but time after time Norton gets it right.

Though, because of his reputation at Chester, there’s an unfair inclination to ignore the fact that the wily veteran is actually a quality rider wherever he goes.

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BBC Sport – Horse Racing

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