Electrician makes sparks
Tim Pitt can enjoy being on a level pegging with his old mentor John Gosden for a while after both got off the mark for 2013 at Lingfield.
Pitt and Gosden may both be based in Newmarket, but are miles apart in terms of resources, with the former assistant trainer having only about a 10th of the numbers of the current champion, and hardly commensurate quality.
Electrician (10-1) has passed down to Pitt from Gosden's care and needed a firm ride from the front by Shane Kelly to pip Pathos by a short head, surviving a lengthy stewards' inquiry as the pair got close in the final half a furlong of the Bet On Your Mobile At bluesq.com Selling Stakes.
It would be kindest to describe Electrician as ebullient as he prowled around the winners' circle without attracting a bid at the subsequent auction.
Pitt's wife, Amanda, said: "He's a character. We've used every equipment in the book on him, if it has been invented, but he is getting there.
"This has been a lucky place for us, Tim had his first ever winner here with Les Arcs."
Les Arcs went on to deliver the trainer a pair of Group One sprints in the 2006 July Cup and Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Gosden's stable was resuming service after a brief Christmas break and Rangi made an immediate start in the Cowden Maiden Stakes.
The chestnut son of New Approach, who is owned by Gosden's wife Rachel Hood and the businessman Robin Geffen, was the 4-6 favourite despite enduring a pair of short-priced defeats at Kempton.
It was all routine here, though, with Robert Havlin's mount harried by Lady Lunchalot but stretching two and a quarter lengths clear by the post.
"The jockey was under the impression he'd get a bit further and I think he just bumped into a good one last time," said Gosden's travelling head lad, Les Reynolds.
"A winner by January 2 - job done."
Gosden was fancied to complete a quick double in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap, but it went awry for 7-4 favourite Derwentwater when Tilstarr (2-1) edged half a length clear.
"She can be a bit lazy, but the penny is starting to drop and she'll get further," said winning trainer Roger Teal.
"It's nice to start the year with a winner.
"We had 14 last year, which was our best ever total.
"I don't like to set goals, as you end up being disappointed, but 15 would be nice."
Club House turned over the 4-6 favourite Staffhoss by a head in the Blue Square Bet Handicap, just two days after finishing fourth in a nursery over the same seven furlongs.
Ryan Tate's mount had been backed into 5-1 from 10s and Richard Ryan, assistant to trainer Robert Mills, said: "Ryan is a good kid.
"It's very unusual for one of ours to run so often but he has the constitution of an ox."
A Mills double for 7-4 favourite Jacobs Son was foiled in the Dry Hill Handicap as Gary Moore's Stentorian (12-1) finally showed a glimmer of the form which saw him Group Two-placed as a juvenile.
Leonna Mayor continues to prove a useful asset with her 5lb claim as she took advantage of a charmed passage along the inside rail aboard Jamie Osborne's Outbid (9-4) in the Tandridge Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Kelly, who was given a one-day careless riding ban on Electrician (January 16), was handed the next two days for good measure for his handling of runner-up Jermatt.
Alan King representative Ishikawa stuck his head past Understory on the line to land the odds as 5-4 favourite for the Get Straight To The Bet At bluesq.com Handicap.