Crowley steers Mohatem home as Yarmouth kicks off its 2017 racing season

Jim Crowley and Mohatem win the 2:45 at Yarmouth yesterday. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Jim Crowley and Mohatem win the 2:45 at Yarmouth yesterday. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Champion jockey Jim Crowley grabbed the feature race at Great Yarmouth's opening day of the season when Mohatem won the 10-furlong handicap.

Trained by Owen Burrows, Mohatem, returned at 5/2, was always going well and won cosily.

'He's a big horse who won as a two-year-old but had training problems. I think, as he is a big striding sort. We might step him up in trip to a mile and a half in future, or further with more experience under his belt,' said Burrows.

The horse last won three years ago and his victory came in his first race since being gelded.

William Haggas is a trainer to follow at the track and his runners filled the first two places in the opening maiden.

Hakeem took the honours at 12/1 under Dane O'Neill with Pat Cosgrave on runner-up Alwahsh.

Maureen Haggas, the trainer's wife, was delighted with the outcome.

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'We needed to run them and we've got the result. The winner was gelded last year and is a nice straightforward type and the second has run well too,' she said.

Pacemaking Lady Freyja, a 150/1 outsider, was third in a race which saw favourite Marine One, a Frankel colt, finish fifth.

The three-runner 11-furlong contest saw 1/3 favourite Testbourne turned over by 5/2 chance Investigation, a 99th career winner for jockey Rob Hornby, riding for trainer Andrew Balding.

Seven-pound claimer David Egan enjoyed victory on the Mark Hoad-trained 6/1 shot Hurricane Alert, his first success in 13 starts on turf, when taking the five-furlong sprint, beating Strictly Carter and favourite, Oscars Journey.

Jockey Oisin Murphy kept his good run going with an all-the-way win on George Scott's 7/4 shot Phosphorescence in the mile handicap. Using the standside rail, the winner, having a first run since scoring in September, held on in a photo-finish, edging out Harlequin Rock.

John Gosden won the penultimate race when Blue on Blue, under Robert Tart, scored at 7/1 in the seven-furlong handicap.

The finale produced the biggest shock of the day when 25/1 outsider Edged In Blue got her nose in front to win for trainer Karl Burke and claimer Jordan Vaughan in a blanket finish.

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