Blosson blooms at last
Perfect Blossom registered her first victory in over two years in the Nicholsons of Stalham JCB Dealers Handicap at Yarmouth.
The daughter of One Cool Cat registered six victories from just eight starts during a fantastic three-year-old campaign for Kevin Ryan, but it was clear the handicapper had her measure in three starts last year.
She rejoined fellow Yorkshire trainer Ian McInnes for the start of the current season and with the assessor relenting somewhat, she made the near 400-mile round trip to Norfolk pay off in the hands of champion jockey Paul Hanagan.
Sent off at 11-2, the five-year-old mare stayed on well in the last of five furlongs to beat market-leader Bubbly Ballerina by a length and a half.
McInnes said: "She was a good three-year-old and to be fair she retains the ability, but she's been waiting for top of the ground.
"She hasn't had anything go her way at all. We took her to Doncaster last week and it chucked it down when we got there. We decided to run her because we were there, but we were always going to come here as long as the ground dried up enough.
"She's a nice filly but clearly the handicapper had her and she's back down to a nice mark now.
"She's in at Newmarket at the weekend, but there are alternatives."
Some talented sprinters went to post for the At The Races Conditions Stakes, with Robert Cowell's Lui Rei taking top honours under apprentice Michael Murphy.
The 100-30 chance beat favourite Artistic Jewel by half a length, with Sirius Prospect third.
Brian Meehan's Supernova Heights got off the mark at the fifth attempt in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Facing a field largely made up of newcomers, the 5-2 joint-favourite got the better of market rival Sky Garden by three and three-quarter lengths.
"There's quite a strong crosswind and her experience has showed on the day," winning jockey Martin Lane told At The Races.
"She had the form to win it and did it nicely. She always travelled well enough to let me know she was going to win."
Lane went on to complete a double as Clive Brittain's 14-1 chance Daghash claimed the Greene King IPA Handicap.
The Mark Johnston-trained Open Letter (12-1) edged the Rachael Keatley Memorial Nursery under Nicky Mackay.
The jockey said: "She's probably a filly who would get further. She stayed on nicely there and the further she was going the better she was going.
"She's still very green and still learning. Hopefully there are good things to come."
Darryll Holland was coolness personified in the saddle aboard 7-1 shot Pink Lips in the Thomas Prior Memorial Maiden.
Although the winning margin was only a neck, Holland did not pick up his stick and the John Jenkins-trained filly was value for a good bit more.
Jenkins said: "We thought she was all right, she's been working OK.
"She wants a bit further. She's not the biggest filly in the world, but she's all there and she eats well."
The 'Moulton Nurseries' Handicap brought proceedings to a close and it was Sir Henry Cecil's unexposed Malekov (9-2) who came from last to first under Tom Queally.