Ladies reign supreme at Yarmouth
Hayley Turner insisted The Tatling (7/2 favourite) was the real star of the show today after riding a 65/1 treble at Yarmouth.
Milton Bradley's 14-year-old veteran – who won at the seaside track as far back as 1999 - helped Turner seal a personal hat-trick with a flying late effort to clinch the East Coast Truckers Charity Handicap.
Turner's odds-on mount Apostle (1/3 fav) edged a photo finish in the opener before Rough Rock (10/1) proved something a bonus win for the six-year-old owned by Norwich City's deputy-chairman Michael Fougler.
Turner received a huge ovation when she returned to the winners' enclosure aboard The Tatling after the veteran's first win since August 2009.
'Of the three, The Tatling has given me the most pleasure. Most definitely,' she said. 'I had never ridden him before but I was just so comfortable and I was thrilled for him to get up. He is a horse that everyone know's in racing and everyone follows him. He is old school, a bit of a legend and it was really nice to have won on him the first time I have rode him.
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'I just had to let him come through horses. He knows exactly what he is doing by now. I don't know what it is about Yarmouth. I always seem to have a lot of luck here. Apostle didn't win like a 1/3 shot, but he got up in the end. The front two were well clear of the rest and I think Mr Brittain's horse has improved a lot.'
Apostle's trainer, Michael Bell, could target Newmarket next week after breaking his maiden following two encouraging efforts over the same trip at York.
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'He got to the start at Ayr the other day and lost a shoe, but there wasn't a blacksmith at the start,' said Bell. 'He deserved to win a maiden and he's progressive. He takes his racing well and we might look at a conditions race - there is even one at Newmarket next week.'
Willie Haggas' Vital Gold was a distant third but the half-sister to the speedy Confessional looked capable of improvement on her racecourse debut.
Foulger's Rough Rock touched off Cuthbert (20/1) to land an ultra-competitive Avenue Pub Beatty Road Handicap.
The course and distance specialist had lost twice in this grade at the seaside earlier this season but looked well in at the weights racing off a pound lower mark than his previous success and back on favourable ground.
'I'm not that familiar with this horse but the trainer Chris (Dwyer) told me exactly how to ride it and the race was perfect,' said Turner. 'We had a heavy downpour before the race but it didn't make any difference. It hadn't even taken the top off to be honest so that wasn't going to be an issue.
'I know last time out he didn't really appreciate the easy ground at Newmarket. It's hard to say if he could go a bit further. He is one of those horses that tend to pull up in front so you have to be careful when you produce him. I'd say that is his trip and he has won around here before over that. He's an old boy who has won a lot of races so I don't think you would look to change anything now.'
Foulger's Carlcol Girl was unable to get into the shake-up for Christine Dunnett in the finale which was also raced in atrocious conditions. Luca Cumani's Media Hype (6/1) eased out Miss Whippy (9/1).
Girl power reigned supreme with Turner's ally Kirsty Milczarek completing a double on Franciscan (11/8 fav) after Saigon (12/1) had stunned Haggas' Justineo (4/9 fav) in Division Two of the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.
James Toller's well-bred juvenile was friendless in the betting ring but Milczarek produced a perfectly-paced effort to end a relative barren spell stretching back more than a month.
'He is a lovely horse,' she said. 'Really nice and there is lots of room for improvement. He's won over six here but I have no doubts a little later in the year he will be running over a mile. I love him the first time I sat on him and I have been in going in every week to work on him. It's nice when you put the work in like that and it pays off the first time he gets out on the racecourse.
'Obviously beforehand the favourite looked the one to beat so that is why I tracked him because you can't afford to be too far off the pace. I joined him only cantering really so just had to give him a few flicks because he knew what his job was and I think he will definitely come on a bundle for that first race.'
Justineo left more questions than answers after an equally disappointing fourth on debut over the minimum trip at Nottingham but Toller was delighted with his winner.
'We do win occasionally with first-time-out two-year-olds, and we've been lucky at Yarmouth,' he said. 'This horse has shown a bit at home but we haven't done a lot with him and he ought to come on for that. We've got no ambitious plans – we'll take it quietly.'
Milczarek dragged Franciscan to the head of affairs for a gutsy win in the Norfolk and Suffolk Animal Trust Handicap to complete Cumani's double.
West Illsey-based handler Mick Channon also had a fruitful trip to the coast with Selinda (4/1) and Arabian Star (20/1) beating some higher profile rivals. The front-running Selinda bravely claimed the Sealife Centre seller before Arabian Star eclipsed Sir Michael Stoute's heavily punted Levitate (7/4 fav) to land the digibet.com Handicap feature.