Dead heat in Mercury race

SIX-YEAR-OLD mare Life's A Whirl certainly likes a visit to the seaside in the summer.Bred by The Queen and trained at Hingham by Christine Dunnett, she has won in each of the last two years at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

SIX-YEAR-OLD mare Life's A Whirl certainly likes a visit to the seaside in the summer.

Bred by The Queen and trained at Hingham by Christine Dunnett, she has won in each of the last two years at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

She made it three summer victories in three years during the racecourse's Family Fun Day on Sunday in the Great Yarmouth Mercury Handicap.

The 12-1 chance was the trainer's fifth winner of the season at her local racecourse.

Christine Dunnett's sixth triumph came just 35 minutes later when Russian Rocket (10-1) dead-heated for first place in the We Love Yarmouth Mercury Handicap with 8-1 chance Diane's Choice.

Another winner with a royal connection was Donativum, owned by Princess Haya of Jordan. The horse ran creditably at Royal Ascot without success but won a race for the first time in the EBF & EDP “Makes Norfolk Life Complete” Maiden Stakes at 2-1.

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A celebrity owner who was celebrating was Mystic Meg whose Astrolibra - the 7-2 favourite - was victorious in the Firstbet £50 Matched Telephone Betting 0800 230 0800 Apprentice Handicap.

The 5-4 favourite Golden Bishop won the Evening News Local Life Claiming Stakes under jockey Hayley Turner.

Rider Ted Durcan enjoyed a personal double with victory on Shindy (11-2) in the Evening News Champions Fillies' Handicap, while Rutba (9-1) took the concluding Eastern Daily Press Shop Local Handicap.

The next racing at Great Yarmouth Racecourse is the Eastern Festival between Tuesday and Thursday, September 16-18.