Carlisle joy for famous name
Ollie Sangster will be returning to school this weekend, after riding his first-ever winner at Carlisle.
His famous name is no coincidence, as the 16-year-old is a grandson of the late and iconic owner-breeder Sir Robert Sangster and the entire family are steeped in the Sport of Kings.
Sangster jnr made virtually every yard of the five-furlong Betfair Novice Flat Amateur Riders' Handicap aboard Lothair (4/1) and just had a minor lapse in concentration after the line as he was unshipped from the gelding.
"I think I was kind of up in the clouds after the line, but it was all fine," he said.
"I'm going back to school on Sunday to start my A-levels, but I'm riding out for Brian Meehan.
"I'd like to do more of the Flat, but I may have to move into the jumps depending on my size. I'll just take it as it comes."
Sangster's winner, only his seventh ride under Rules, was trained by Alan Swinbank.
Sangster said: "I met him at York after I had ridden in a pony race a couple of years ago.
"He rang up Brian Meehan's racing office to offer me the ride, so it all worked out well."
Three years ago King Torus was winning the Group Two Vintage and Superlative Stakes for Richard Hannon, but his stock has dwindled considerably since then and he found himself lining up in the D Pipes Handicap.
However, his current trainer Ruth Carr is noted for revitalising horses and King Torus struck on his third start for the yard at 25/1, with more positive tactics employed.
There was a lengthy delay to the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes when Geniusinrhyme found a way under the stalls and sent his tack flying across the track once getting loose.
When the race was eventually under way, the Ollie Pears-trained 2/1 favourite No Leaf Clover just staved off the late lunge of Captain Myles by a neck.
Jacob Butterfield was a 7lb claimer when winning on Golden Beau (9/2) last week and the apprentice had subsequently moved down to 5lb as Kristin Stubbs' runner repeated the trick in the Christmas Parties At Carlisle Racecourse Handicap.
Lambourn-based Seamus Durack has been starting to build some momentum this month and Linguine (11/4) clearly relished the step up to a mile and three-quarters for the Emma Humpleby Handicap as he dominated from the front under Micky Fenton.
First Class Favour (9/1) later delivered the goods for the Tim Easterby team in the Joan Keddy's 60th Birthday Celebration Fillies' Handicap, while Judicious struck at the same price in the concluding Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Fillies' Handicap.