Adam Beschizza rallies to victory on Darling Grace at Yarmouth
Jockey Adam Beschizza produced the hottest ride of the day to get the William Haggas trained Darling Grace home in Division Two of the mile handicap at a sun-drenched Great Yarmouth.
The 6-1 chance played up on the way to the start and jumped out of the stalls awkwardly. After three furlongs Beschizza was already hard at work on the Nayef filly but Darling Grace battled away on the wide outside and finally got up by a neck thanks to her jockey's persistence.
The first division of the race saw another close finish as Consider Yourself followed up her success at Brighton last week. The mare defied a six-pound penalty to win in a photo from Marco Botti's Travelling under Martin Harley.
The 7-2 winner just got up on the line under William Carson with Exopuntia third at 20-1.
Dane O'Neill was another jockey at the top of his game when winning the feature for Henry Candy on 4-1 shot Picabo.
Runner-up last time, O'Neill expertly brought the filly through to win by more than three lengths from Soap Wars, who tried to make all, and Five Star Junior.
The five-furlong dash provided Norfolk's Hingham-based owner-trainer Christine Dunnett with a shock winner. Speedyfix, under Jimmy Quinn, was the outsider of the seven-strong field at 25-1 and took it up a furlong out to hold on by a length from 9-4 favourite Autocracy.
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Speedyfix had won on the all-weather but this was the gelding's first turf success and his second win in 28 starts.
The market got it right in the opener with Ed Walker's 15-8 favourite Sound of Guns, under jockey of the moment William Buick, winning impressively.
The Acclamation filly put the race to bed two furlongs out to beat Vestibule by more than a length.
Favourite backers collected again in race two, also over six furlongs. Godolphin's Ihtifal broke her maiden tag with a clear all-the-way victory under Silvestre de Sousa. Nothing came close to the 10-11 favourite although newcomer Tahlia Ree finished well to take second.
Owner-trainer Barney Curley saw Tom Queally steer home his Elusive Hawk, at 4-1, to take the six furlong handicap in a 14-runner field. Elusive Hawk, who last won in 2010, comfortably held off fast-finishing Arch Walker and third-placed Yankee Storm.
The finale, over 11 furlongs, went to favourite Seven Veils who led from start to finish to win by six lengths, at 3-1, under Chris Catlin for Sir Mark Prescott.
Next meeting is on Monday, first race at 2.15pm.