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Light fantastic for deadly duo

John Gosden and William Buick followed on from a lucrative Royal Ascot by taking the feature race at Pontefract with Freedom's Light.

Gosden secured four winners at the showcase fixture, with Buick on the mark three times, and the pair successfully linked up with the four-year-old in the Listed totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes over a mile and a half.

Buick brought Freedom's Light (7-4) from the rear to lead just over a furlong out and held the 11-8 favourite Waila by a half a length.

The pair pulled 12 lengths clear of Familiarity in third.

"She deserves to get a Pattern-race win under a name after just losing out in a Haydock Group Three," said the jockey.

"The ground was a little bit firm for her, but, in fairness, she stuck her head out to the line.

"She's always had a high action which is probably why she felt the ground."

Mark Johnston had two winners at Royal Ascot and also carried on the good work with Bureau (4-1) in the toteexacta Pick The 1, 2 Fillies' Handicap.

The daughter of Halling dug deep for Silvestre de Sousa to hold Ingleby Symphony by a length and a quarter.

Apprentice George Chaloner followed up his first Royal Ascot success on Baccarat in Saturday's Wokingham when causing a surprise on 33-1 shot Bimbo in the totejackpot/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The 3lb claimer brought Richard Fahey's newcomer with a telling run in the centre of the course to defeat Lady Moscou by three-quarters of a length. The winner's stablemate Lacing, the 5-6 favourite, was third.

"She wouldn't be the most straightforward, but she's been very professional and done it nicely. I think she will improve a hell of a lot," said Chaloner.

Fahey completed a double when Ryan Moore, the top jockey at Royal Ascot with six winners, made all on Foxy Clarets (11-4) in the totetrifecta Available On All Races Handicap.

Epic Battle (20-1) came out on top in a thrilling finish to the totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Handicap.

Having his first start for George Margarson, the four-year-old responded to a typical strong Kieren Fallon ride to pip Legal Waves by a neck, with Cactus Valley just a short head behind in third.

"It was an epic battle, especially that last half a furlong, and he's quite a lazy horse," said Margarson.

"He won three times for William Haggas and the owners have kindly sent him to me. I thought he might need it, but he has been working quite well.

"I had him in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot. He didn't get in off his current mark and that could be next year's plan."

Teak (10-1) gave a tough performance to grind out victory in the two-and-a-quarter-mile totepool Pontefract Cup.

Stevie Donohoe kept the Ian Williams-trained bottom weight up to his work in the closing stages to deny Rosairlie by a length and a half.

"We had a trouble-free passage right to the last bend then we had to get a bit of luck, but it worked well and he stayed well," Donohoe told Racing UK.

"Firm is key to him to stay and he is tough."

Another odds-on shot was turned over when Smiling Stranger had to play second fiddle to Westerly (16-1) in the toteplacepot Racing's Favourite Bet Maiden Auction Stakes.

Liam Jones got the William Haggas-trained filly home by a length and a half from the 4-11 chance.