No raining on James Tate’s parade at a soggy Great Yarmouth
- Credit: Nick Butcher
There is no better feeling than when a plan comes together and for James Tate it was a case of mission accomplished after Hey Gaman opened his account at Yarmouth.
While thunder filled the skies above the Norfolk track, the son of New Approach created his own bang with an impressive victory in the six-furlong novice stakes.
Hey Gaman was out of luck in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, but the even-money favourite took both a step down in class and trip to run out an eased-down, four-length winner.
Tate said: 'We are not quite sure what happened at Ascot. 'He was probably on the wrong part of the track with no cover and was a bit keen. He was back to himself there and I am chuffed to bits. We dropped back and let him run rather than fight him and he annihilated that lot so it's great.
'He will get two entries at the July Meeting at Newmarket next week. One will be in the July Stakes and the other in the Superlative and we will have a think.'
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Owner Helen Jones did not let the weather – which caused a 30-minute delay after the first arce – dampen her celebrations after Turning Gold carried her silks to glory for the first time in the one-mile handicap.
Runner-up at Newmarket last time, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained son of Pivotal won by an easy three and three-quarter lengths to form the opening leg of a double for rider Luke Morris.
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Jones said of the 2-1 joint-favourite: 'This is the first winner I've had in my colours. I think all the credit goes to Sir Mark in keeping faith with him.
'We've had him since a yearling but he is so big he has just kept on growing. He just seems to be getting better and better.
'It was nerve-racking watching him as we knew he was favourite and in with a good chance.
'It probably makes it harder when they are in with a chance.'
While there was no mistaking Morris' first winner, but there was some confusion over his second.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Alemaratalyoum (3-1 joint favourite) landed seven-furlong handicap by head from Gunmaker, but the race was run without any commentary at the track.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Mohammed Jaber, said: 'I only saw the last couple of furlongs but I thought he had just won as it favours this side (stands rail).
'I think this trip of seven furlongs and this ground has made the difference.'
Gerald Mosse is one of the best jockeys in the world and the French ace used all of his guile to make his first visit to the track a successful one when he got the Conrad Allen-trained Voi (20-1) up by a head in the one-mile-one-furlong handicap.
Mosse said: 'It is my first time here and I have seen everything – sunshine, rain, hail and lightning – but it is always nice to get a winner.
'I felt she was going a bit too quick early on so I came back with her to relax and give her a bit of time.'
Andrea Atzeni celebrated a double courtesy of David O'Meara-trained Glorvina (8-11 favourite) in the seller and Stuart Williams' Cherry Kool (7-4 favourite) in the five-furlong handicap.
The Denis Quinn-trained Shining Romeo (10-11 favourite) followed up his win at Leicester when he did the business by a length and a quarter in the apprentice handicap.