Chua realises Epsom dreams
Hopes N Dreams nicely sums up her owner Jimmy Chua as she fulfilled one of his ambitions with a convincing victory at Epsom.
Trainer Kevin Ryan will surely have other runners in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup as he looks to complete a hat-trick in next month's prestigious handicap, but Chua would be delighted if his five-year-old mare can be part of the team.
A further rise up the weights will be required as Hopes N Dreams collected this six-furlong event, named after the late local trainer, with a rating of just 87.
Although she barely showed in the Great St Wilfrid consolation race last time, it was a different story under a front-running ride from Jamie Spencer as she struck by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 8-1.
Five of Hopes N Dreams' six previous wins had been at Hamilton, three of them this summer, and Chua said: "I live locally and I've always wanted to see one of my horses win here.
"She's a very nervous filly and can get upset in the stalls but Jamie rode her perfectly.
"She is a Hamilton specialist, but Epsom isn't a completely different type of course and we were quietly confident.
"She's entered in the Ayr Gold Cup and I'd love her to go there."
Free entry swelled the attendance in the hangover of a Bank Holiday weekend but even if the racing will not live long in the memory, it will stick in the minds of the three members of the Pow Partnership.
Imshivalla (5-1), who was unable to win in five starts closer to Richard Fahey's Yorkshire stables, justified the long journey for the JRA Nursery as she pounced from just off the pace under Paul Hanagan.
John Owen, of the winning syndicate, said: "I've had interest in horses with other partners, like Extraterrestrial with Richard, but this is the first winner for these colours and it means a lot.
"We've been waiting for the right trip with the horse and she had a rough trip at Musselburgh last time.
"I'd like to go for something at Ayr, but that's purely self-indulgent."
Mark Tomkins feels Toptempo's best days are ahead of her as she finally opened her account at the 12th attempt in the Chantilly Handicap.
It has been a quiet season for the Classic-winning trainer, as the Ted Durcan-ridden 11-2 shot was only his fifth victory.
"She's the first foal of Topatoo, who won the Middleton Stakes for us," said Tompkins.
"She showed quite a bit at two and lost her way at three, but I'd been running her over two miles and a mile and a half now looks her trip.
"She'll stay in these races and we might keep her in training at five."
A third Yorkshire-trained winner came along soon after when Flashlight (7-2) produced the sort of front-running performance in the Terry Mills Handicap seen on so many occasions during the years from the Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning combination.
On a losing run of 10 races, stretching back to April, the Shamardal colt had at last been treated with a little leniency by the handicapper.
Charlie Appleby's Solidarity (7-2) made strides from his Sandown debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Whether the son of Dubawi will be able to take up his entry next year's Investec Derby is another question entirely, but he picked up the leader Opera Fan without much trouble.
Jockey Mickael Barzalona said: "He did the job well."
There was finally an Epsom-trained winner in the totepool.com Home Of Pool Betting Handicap through Lee Carter's 20-1 chance Lowther, providing a boost for local rider Kieren Fox.