Noble back to winning ways
Trainer Ed McMahon was thrilled to see Noble Storm snap a losing run dating back over two years at Leicester.
The seven-year-old entire looked a sprinter going places when winning a Listed prize at Haydock in May 2011, but he made just one further appearance that year and results since his return have been largely disappointing.
Lining up against just four rivals in the Prestwold Conditions Stakes, the 7/1 shot got the five-furlong contest off to a fast start and was never headed, keeping up the gallop well under Sean Levey to score by a length and three-quarters from Rocky Ground.
McMahon said: "For the last couple of years he's had various bits of viruses and it has just taken him a long time to shake them off.
"He's run all right a couple of times this year and I hoped he'd run well today, but I can't say I expected him to win.
"He's a seven-year-old entire, but he's so genuine and easy to deal with. A two-year-old could look after him.
"He's still rated 95, so we'll have a think about where we go now.
"There are a couple of Listed sprints we could have a look at, but he wouldn't want the ground too slow."
Marco Botti was similarly pleased to see Mezzotint put a disappointing run of form behind him by defying top-weight in the Nanpanton Handicap.
The 10/1 shot had finished well out of the frame on his last three appearances, but bounced back with a length and a half victory in the hands of talented apprentice Toby Atkinson.
"He did it very well and Toby gave him a good ride," said Newmarket-based Botti.
"He had a top-weight and the handicapper has been a little bit against him as he hasn't been coming down much in the weights.
"I was a bit worried when I saw they were kicking the turf up in the first race, as he is definitely a fast ground horse, but he has got away with it.
"He's a tough horse who tries his best all the time. Hopefully he doesn't go up in the weights too much.
"He is entered at Doncaster later in the week, but it is unlikely he will run."
The formidable combination of trainer John Gosden and stable jockey William Buick struck a double on the card, with Maverick Wave (5/1) initiating the brace with an exciting debut win in the British Stallion Studs Apollo EBF Maiden Stakes.
The Clarehaven pair later struck with 6/5 favourite Nautilus, who claimed the Markfield Handicap by upwards of four and a half lengths.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Surcingle (5/1) annihilated her rivals in the British Stallion Studs Filbert E.B.F. Maiden Fillies' Stakes under Ryan Moore, while the Rancliffe Selling Stakes went to Brian Meehan's 3/1 favourite Autopilot.
Oisin Murphy once again advertised his riding talents as he guided 6/4 favourite Be My Rock to claim the concluding Swan Apprentice Handicap.