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Bartley has champagne sparkle with Fox in Queen Mother’s Cup

Carol Bartley landed the Queen Mother’s Cup at York for the second time as Arctic Fox continued her progression.

Winner of her last two outings for Richard Fahey, the three-year-old was taking on her elders in the race for lady riders.

Traditionally the winning jockey gets their weight in champagne as a prize – meaning it can be the only occasion when a rider wants to see the needle move rapidly to the right when they jump on the scales.

Bartley first tasted success on Jim Goldie’s Nanton in 2013, and showed all her experience in the home straight.

On hitting the front, Arctic Fox (5-1) began to drift to his right, but instead of fighting her, as they were in the clear Bartley let her mount find her own way and with a rail to run against she kept on well.

Ruth Carr’s Mutamaded ran on to be second under Emily Bullock, with Where’s Jeff and Serena Brotherton third.

Bartley said: “I must have had over 20 rides in this race now and I’ve won it twice – to win it once was amazing, but to win it twice is unreal.

“We might have a party tonight, but it’s a four-hour drive up to Scotland first – if the car makes it with all the champagne!”

Fahey added: “The filly is improving and it’s the right time of the year for three-year-olds to be taking on the older horses.

“It’s nice for Sir Robert (Ogden, owner) and great for Carol – it’s good for everyone.

“She might be one for the Mallard, if she gets in, as the step up in trip has improved her.”

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