Friday the 13th featured the Cheshire Oaks Handicap at Chester which was not without incident for lady amateur riders.
David Griffiths saddled his first Chester winner for Yorkshire compatriot Serena Brotherton with CYFLYMDER, the 6 year old coming with a well timed challenge to beat MY SINGLE MALT by a neck. The trainer was in fact reared in Cheshire with his father running a butcher’s shop in nearby Farndon. After the race David said “He ran really well here last time and Serena has given him a cracking ride.”
The stewards took a poor view of some riding performances, giving Laura Wilson on the runner up 4 days for careless riding; Emily Jones earned a 7 day ban for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing as she could have finished 3rd and Amanda Zetterholm picked up a one-day ban for weighing in 2 lbs light, with Declan Carroll fined £250 and ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE disqualified.