Botti on top in Italian job
There was an Italian feel to Yarmouth's British Stallion Maiden as Luca Cumani's former protege Marco Botti defeated his mentor's favourite.
The East Anglian venue does not exactly boast the shimmering views of the Amalfi coast but could at least offer a rare dose of quick ground and glorious sunshine for the most informative event of the afternoon.
It would be possible to argue Botti's Hasopop (5-1) had achieved more than Ajmany in his two previous starts, although the 10-11 shot had shown great promise at the end of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Cumani had unusually pitched him in for his racecourse debut.
When Ocean Applause and the wayward Hasbah bowed out from the front, it looked set up for Ajmany but he had no remedy for the final surge of Hasopop and Andrea Atzeni and was beaten by half a length.
"He was very green first time up at Kempton and came on a lot for the run second time at Doncaster," said Botti, who had a spell with Cumani before branching out on his own and shares some common owners with his near-neighbour in Newmarket.
"He's good when he gets in the stalls, but he does think about it!
"We'll see what the handicapper does, as the second is quite good, but eventually we'd like him to become a black type horse."
Much the most convincing winner of the meeting was Touch Gold (9-2), who is starting to look like a useful late developer for Sir Henry Cecil.
After getting off the mark in a maiden at Newmarket, Touch Gold immediately seized the initiative in the Guide Dogs For Blind Handicap and cruised home five lengths in front.
"He likes it out in front and he could hear them coming," said jockey Tom Queally.
"He knew what to do. He's a nice horse and is improving."
The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Handicap had been the story of the day 12 months ago, when providing what was ultimately the penultimate success of 14-year-old The Tatling's distinguished career.
This time it was won by a mere whippersnapper in bottom-weight and 11-4 favourite Irish Girls Spirit, who is only three and was having the fifth race of her life.
Turned out again by trainer Paul Midgley after finishing second at Windsor on Sunday, she dominated proceedings and held on by half a length from One Kool Dude.
"I'm just so excited," said part-owner Robert Johnson, who is from Wakefield.
"I used to have a share in One Kool Dude and this is our first with Paul. We don't get this sunshine in Yorkshire!"
Jockey Micky Fenton said: "She needs good to firm ground, which is why Paul ran her again so quickly."
It is a long haul from Eve Johnson Houghton's Oxfordshire stable but Mrs Greeley is clearly revived by her visits to the seaside.
The 16-1 shot was under pressure from Ted Durcan from some way out and only cottoned on to his demands in the closing stages as she zipped past Excellent Jem and finished half a length up.
"I hadn't sat on her before, but she clearly loves it here and tries her heart out," said Durcan.
Durcan doubled his score when pushing Tis Rock 'N' Roll (6-1) out for boss David Lanigan in the E.A.C.H Charity Handicap.
The defection of newspaper favourite Tiger Sunset threw the Yarmouth Stadium Selling Stakes wide open and it was the Lisa Williamson-trained Senora Lobo (9-2) who took advantage after eyeballing the 13-8 favourite Smiling Shark for the last couple of furlongs.
"She ran OK the first time and I think dropping her in grade has helped," said jockey Royston Ffrench.
The concluding Injured Jockeys Fund "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Series Handicap went the way of the Julia Feilden-trained The Ducking Stool (3-1 favourite).