Boris back in winning form
Boris Grigoriev returned to winning ways for Mick Easterby in the Brewin Dolphin Handicap at Ayr's Western Meeting.
Last successful at Tipperary in 2011 when trained by Aidan O'Brien, he had a rating of 101 when the veteran handler paid 34,000 guineas for him.
In 12 races last season and one so far in this, the four-year-old had shown precious little of the form he possessed at Ballydoyle and his handicap mark had dropped alarmingly.
However, after a lengthy break he was sent off joint-favourite after a gamble at Ayr last month but could finish only fifth of nine runners.
Graham Gibbons managed to grab a rail this time though, shooting clear a furlong out before holding on to beat Go Go Green by a neck at 10/1.
"It's a pity he didn't do it the last day, but the ground and trip was probably against him then," Gibbons told Racing UK.
"He'd been out of form but we knew we sort of had him half-right, but it probably took the last run to get his confidence back and get him going the right way.
"Even early doors today, I had to give him two out of the boxes to get him where I wanted him to be, but once I was in the firing line I was confident."
David Barron's Red Stargazer made a winning debut at 12/1 in the S.T. Andrew Plant Hire Maiden Auction Stakes.
Eventual runner-up Kommander Kirkup had shown a good level of form on debut but had not been seen since May and was possibly a little rusty as Robert Winston, who went on to complete a treble, bided his time on the winner before going on to win by three and a half lengths.
"I'd have given him no chance after blowing the start, but I gave him no chance before that to be honest," said Barron.
"There was nothing to read into him being gelded. He was a reasonably cheap yearling so we don't mess about and leave them as colts.
"I didn't expect that, the ground probably suited him and the way the race was run has probably suited him.
"Robert put him to sleep and came through at the right time but I'll reserve judgement. If he was somebody else's, I'd have thought quite a lot about him.
"I think the second will improve for the run as he hadn't been out for quite a while, so it might not be the same result next week."
Winston later won the first division of the Quality And Value At Irish Yearling Sales Handicap on John Quinn's Evanescent (8/1).
"He's had bits of form on good to soft, but probably not as soft as this today," said Winston.
"There was plenty of pace on, I got a perfect pitch and a nice lead to the two-pole and then kicked on. He stayed on nicely."
The jockey then paired up with Quinn once more as the decent hurdler Calculated Risk (11/4 favourite) won the Campbell Brothers Handicap.
The second division of the handicap was won by the David Nicholls'-trained 5/1 joint-favourite Llewellyn ridden by 7lb-claimer Jordan Nason.
The jockey said: "Everything fell right for him on the day, he got to the front and he battled on well.
"He was a bit keen early but soon settled and did everything right.
"He loved the ground, travelled well and when I went for him, he picked up."
The feature William Hill - Download The App Handicap was won by Richard Fahey's Hi There (7/1) in a photo finish from Brian Ellison's Beaumont's Party.
Winning jockey Tony Hamilton said: "He was stepping up in trip so I was riding him to give him every chance of getting it.
"He picked up well when I asked and just got there on the line. He used to be keen but today he settled nicely."
Ellison was on the mark himself with the progressive Dream Walker (5/1), who sealed the deal when Philip Prince kicked him clear two furlongs out in the Hillhouse Quarry Group Supporting Ayrshire Hospice Handicap.