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Mappin makes time to shine

Mappin Time won a dramatic renewal of the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Southwell.

The stalls had barely opened for the six-furlong contest when the first incident took place, with Kellys Eye appearing to try to pre-empt the start under Michael Murphy before falling and getting wedged underneath the stalls.

There was then further drama as Maakirr lost his action badly around two furlongs out and it was later reported that both horses had suffered fatal injuries.

Up front, Mappin Time and Pull The Pin fought out an exciting finish, with 5lb claimer Adam Carter steering his mount to a short-head victory for trainer Tim Easterby.

Pull The Pin tried to make all and when dug deep to fight back when headed but Mappin Time just proved a touch too strong.

Carter said: "I thought he might win a bit more comfortably than that but I had to push him. He likes to run through horses. At the end he's dug in bravely and won well.

"He's in good order and has run well today."

David Simcock's Noble Citizen followed up on his victory at Southwell last week with a comfortable verdict in the Ladbrokes Handicap.

Jockey George Buckell kicked clear inside the final furlong and the 2-1 joint favourite was four lengths clear of The Lock Master at the line.

Buckell told At The Races: "He jumped a bit better this time and I sat handy on him. I didn't want to hit the front too early, he was there a bit earlier than I wanted but he's run away and done it well.

"They crawled early on but he's one of those horses that settles and you can put him anywhere in a race. He's got so much speed that even if they did quicken, he can go with them.

"It's his first two runs at Southwell and he's loving it."

Grandad Mac (5-2 favourite) followed up his recent course win with victory in the Coral Mobile 'Just Three Clicks To Bet' Handicap.

However, he was made to work hard for his win with Liam Jones pushing him all the way to the line to hold off Kyllachykov by a head.

In contrast, Staff Sergeant (7-2) ran out a nine-length winner in the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap for Andrew Mullen.

Nick The Odds (12-1) finally shed his maiden tag at the sixth attempt as he scored in the hands of Ben Curtis in the Ladbrokes Mobile Median Auction Maiden Stake.

Curtis said: "I let him jump out and get on with it. He pricked his ears coming to the line so hopefully he will come on and win again."

The Roy Bowring-trained Ace Master (5-1) made every yard for a length and a half success in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap under the in-form Mark Coumbe while 3-1 favourite Imjin River obliged his supporters in the closing Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.