Celebrations Until Midnight
Eugene Stanford never has more than a tiny handful of horses in training but his eye for a bargain was proved by the success of Until Midnight.
The 25-1 chance cut little ice on his debut for the Newmarket yard last month but Martin Dwyer helped him fend off Indian Violet by a short head in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap at Lingfield.
"He just didn't face the kickback on his first run here, so I couldn't say I was confident," said Stanford, who has run only one other horse on the Flat this year and only occasionally dabbles with jumpers.
"I just told Martin to keep him out of the kickback and get him to enjoy himself. He's a half-brother to The Happy Hammer, who has done well for us, and he only cost £800.
"We might have a look at running him on the grass soon."
Powerful owner John Fretwell arrived by helicopter to see Munfallet in the 32Red Maiden Stakes but the 4-6 favourite was to come unstuck.
As hard as Adam Kirby tried, he could not get past Sean Levey and the Richard Hannon-trained Passing By (11-4), who scored by three-quarters of a length.
Levey said: "She's had three runs now, and it was much deserved. It all went to plan, and she's suited by the seven furlongs."
Tashtu reared up and Chris Catlin jumped off before the stalls opened, so was declared a non-runner.
Luke Dace's luck has suddenly taken a turn for the better as Drawnfromthepast gave the West Sussex trainer his third winner in the space of a week.
It was back in 2007 that the veteran Drawnfromthepast became a Royal Ascot hero in the Windsor Castle Stakes, but his form has dwindled and he has passed through a few hands since his moment of glory.
Fergus Sweeney gets on well with the 9-2 shot, who stormed through late to deprive 10-11 favourite Hamoody of the bookmakers.co.uk Selling Stakes.
"I had about 10 seconds here, three at Kempton and just couldn't get a winner," said Dace.
"All of a sudden, I got one at Kempton last week, one at Southwell yesterday and another today. The horse has the ability and the will, and at the moment he still has the body to do it as well."
Mick Channon's Jaywalker, a Footstepsinthesand gelding related to the good sprinter Zipping, was in a different league to four moderate rivals on his debut in the 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes
Tina Dawson, who runs Insignia Racing, said: "That's our first runner of the year, and our first winner.
"He's a nice-looking horse who has just had a few problems. I imagine they will wait and see what the handicapper does."
Dual-purpose trainer Laura Mongan is another on a good run at present and her Lady Lunchalot (7-1) seemed to appreciate reverting to a mile and a half in the Lady Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap.
Roy's Legacy (2-1 joint-favourite) hit a hot streak over course and distance earlier in the winter and was back on the money in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
Paul Birley, who is fairly new to the syndicate of owners, was smiling despite the rain and said: "I've had 85-odd runners and that's only my third winner."
Jennifer Ferguson did just enough to get Bold Ring (20-1) home in the Ladbrokes Handicap.