Fanning fires treble home
Joe Fanning proved the star of the show at Catterick as he steered home three winners for three different trainers.
The jockey had visited the winner's enclosure just eight times in the last five seasons heading into the track's latest meeting - a surprising statistic given he rides principally for locally-based Middleham handler Mark Johnston.
However, the jockey enjoyed an excellent afternoon's work on his latest visit to the North Yorkshire circuit, with his 52/1 hat-trick taking him to 86 winners for the campaign, a figure that propelled him into the top five in the British Flat jockeys' championship.
The highlight of his treble was success aboard Johnston's 4/1 shot Skytrain, who dug deep to take top honours in the Betfred "Treble Odds On Lucky 15's" Handicap.
Making his 15th start of the year and securing his seventh success, Skytrain was strongly pressed by Al Mukhdam close home, but held on by half a length, with 6/4 favourite Bluegrass Blues a head further away in third.
Johnston's assistant, Jock Bennett, said: "It's the first time he's backed up a win with a win. He normally wins and then finishes seventh. I didn't know what would happen today as there were only six runners!
"That's the highest mark he's won off, so hopefully he's improving.
"He's easy to train and has had a plenty of racing this year, but he takes it well.
"It was quite a competitive little race today and he's done it well."
Fanning had opened his account for the day on the William Haggas-trained Sky Garden (11/8 favourite), before riding a rare winner for Richard Fahey as 7/2 shot Nashville won by upwards of six lengths in the Betfred Better Odds On Goals Galore Handicap.
The jockey was winless from 13 rides for the Malton-based Fahey in the last five seasons heading into this two-mile contest.
"It felt like slow work in the last two furlongs, but he did it well," said Fanning.
Fahey also enjoyed three winners on the day, with Skye's The Limit (evens favourite) surviving a lengthy stewards' inquiry to initiate the treble in the Betfred Mobile Casino Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The trainer's final strike came via 5/1 shot Dolphin Village, who denied the Fanning-ridden Ambleside by a head in the Betfred 'Hat Trick Heaven' Handicap under talented apprentice George Chaloner.
Chaloner also advertised his riding talents in the Betfred "Double Delight" Handicap as he guided 2/1 favourite Wild Sauce to a neck victory for trainer Bryan Smart.
Smart's assistant, Kevin Edmunds, said: "She's been running very consistently, she's just been getting outpaced in her races before staying on well.
"We stepped her up to six furlongs and it's suited her well, so we'll stick to that trip for now.
"George gave her a good, confident ride."
Tracy Waggott's Captain Royale was a 25/1 winner of the concluding Collect totepool Returns At Any Betfred Shop Handicap.
Waggott also saddled the third home Windforpower (11/2) and the fourth Tuibama (9.2).
The trainer's brother, Neil Waggott, said: "We nearly had the first three. We thought they'd all run well.
"You could have tossed a coin between them, really, but Captain Royale was the biggest price."