Battalion storms Yarmouth
Battalion had too many guns for the opposition as he marched all-the-way win in the Boodles Handicap at Yarmouth.
The William Haggas-trained colt loved being allowed to bowl along in front as Silvestre de Sousa dictated affairs form the start.
Royal Skies kept him company but he could not keep up the gallop as Battalion (9/4 joint-favourite) swept to victory by five lengths from other market leader Thomas Hobson.
"A smooth win, he won very nicely and I'm very pleased," said Haggas.
"We tried to train him quite hard in the spring and he wasn't taking it. He looked awful, thin and light.
"We just let him go a bit and he's starting to develop and I think he enjoys the ground.
"Physically he's a very nice horse and I will get better too, I hope."
De Sousa had earlier enjoyed an armchair ride on Marco Botti's Al Thakhira (5/2 favourite), who shone on her debut in the British Stallion Studs/Greene King EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
"She travelled nicely and I'm pleased the way she did it. I don't think the ground was ideal for her but she's got a bit of class and she'll improve for the run," said the jockey.
Ghaawy fought off the late challenge of Newmarket Warrior when making all the running under Paul Hanagan in the Rachael Keatley Memorial Nursery Handicap.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained 11/8 favourite came out on top by three-quarters of a length.
"I could have done with a lead," Hanagan told At The Races.
"There was no real pace on so I had to take the bull by the horns. He was just doing enough.
"I just thought if one came to challenge me then he'll go again which he did."
Chris Wall took the training honours courtesy of a double through Gravitational and Royal Rock.
Gravitational (11/8 favourite) got off the mark at the ninth attempt in the Thomas Prior Memorial Maiden Stakes under a strong ride from William Buick, while Royal Rock (11/2) was winning for the ninth time when scoring under Ted Durcan in the At The Races Conditions Stakes.
Andrew Mullen produced Shelford (20/1) late to snatch victory in the Nicholsons of Stalham JCB Dealers Handicap on his first start for Michael Appleby.
Peace Seeker then justified 7/2 favouritism in the concluding Moulton Nurseries Handicap.