Double delight for Barzalona
Mickael Barzalona was back in the winner's enclosure after his famous victory in last weekend's St Leger as he enjoyed a double at Yarmouth.
The crack French jockey spoilt the Triple Crown dreams of Camelot as he and Encke claimed Classic glory on Town Moor, and while he was competing at a far lower level in Norfolk his considerable riding talents were once again in evidence.
The highlight of the Godolphin rider's brace was success on Saeed bin Suroor's Handsome Man in the feature Racing Welfare Handicap.
The well-supported 11-2 chance was still well back rounding the home turn and Barzalona was cajoling his mount along passing the three-furlong marker.
But Handsome Man responded generously and picked up well in the final furlong to beat the hat-trick-seeking Montaser by three-quarters of a length, without Barzalona having to pick up his stick.
Bin Suroor said: "The horse has run very well, as a mile and three-quarters was a new trip for him.
"He was nice and relaxed during the race and showed a nice turn of foot in the straight. Mickael had a lot of confidence in him.
"He is a horse who is still improving and I think he will be a nice stayer for the future.
"The options are open and there are no plans at the moment."
Barzalona earlier struck on the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Darkening (7-2), who was a clear-cut winner of the At The Races Nursery.
Tom Queally also enjoyed a double on the card, kicked off by Sir Henry Cecil's Flow in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden.
Fourth and second on his previous two appearances, the 8-11 favourite made it third time lucky with a comfortable victory from the front, beating Swing Easy by a length.
"It was straightforward. He travelled well and pulled out enough at the end to do it easily enough," Queally told At The Races.
"I had the luxury of being able to look after him all the way to the line and I think he could be quite nice next year.
"He's got a lovely attitude and nothing fazes him at all. He's absolutely bombproof."
Queally struck half an hour later in the Seajacks Nursery, getting Clive Brittain's 9-2 shot Aseela up late to beat Spithead by a neck.
Title-chasing jockey Richard Hughes continued his tremendous run of form as he guided Van Der Neer (7-2) to a debut victory for boss Richard Hannon in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Sprint Maiden.
Hughes, fresh from a six-timer on Wednesday, said: "We like him. We ran him here as he's shown plenty of pace and a six-furlong maiden looked ideal."
Hughes was narrowly denied a second winner as he and Caskelena were beaten a head by current champion jockey Paul Hanagan and 8-1 shot Jennifer J in the Bartholomews Fillies' Handicap.
The concluding Greene King IPA Handicap went to trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni with 2-1 shot Signor Sassi.