Celestial Ray finished runner up for the third successive time when competing in a 1 mile handicap on the all weather at Lingfield today. Ridden this time by Kieren Fallon,
he wasn't the fastest to break and travelled in midfield on the rail for the first half of the race. He moved into the first four coming down the hill into the home turn at which point he hit the front. A two horse battle ensued and they pulled away from the rest of the field, but Richard Hughes riding his rival just managed to get up and hold on, winning by a neck with 8 lengths back to third place. On this form surely a race must go Celestial Ray's way soon unless the handicapper penalises him harshly for this non winning effort.