Secret's out as McDonald shines
Ann Duffield was left praising the talents of jockey PJ McDonald after Milly's Secret claimed her second career win in style at Hamilton.
The daughter of Sakhee's Secret looked a potentially smart juvenile when winning on her second career start at Pontefract in early June and had been placed on three of her subsequent five appearances.
Sent off at 4-1 as she carried top-weight in the Freebets At freebets.co.uk Auction Nursery, Milly's Secret was being pushed along by McDonald from halfway, but responded generously and got up close home to beat Gym Shoes by a head.
The North Yorkshire-based handler is of course married to former top jockey George Duffield, who rode over 2,500 winners during a brilliant career in the saddle and was associated with great horses like User Friendly and Giant's Causeway.
The trainer said: "He's pretty good our stable jockey isn't he? He looked a bit like G Duffield today! It was a great ride.
"The filly is very tough and consistent and she's in the sales at the end of October. I think she might make quite a lot of money as she's a half-sister to Titus Alone, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes a few years ago (2005).
"If she makes plenty she'll be sold and if she doesn't she'll stay with us. I'd be quite happy to keep her, as I think she'll improve from two to three."
The feature event on the card was the Download At Free Bets App freebets.co.uk Handicap, in which Eric Alston's 16-1 shot Barkston Ash grabbed a last-gasp victory in the hands of top apprentice Jason Hart.
Towbee was the winner everywhere but the line, with Barkston Ash lunging late to get the verdict by a head.
Alston said: "He's a funny horse. He seems to run best when I run him back quickly.
"Everything just went right for him today. He had a bit of room and something to aim at.
"I'm delighted for Jason as well. He's a strong apprentice and gets on well with the horse.
"He's in at Warwick on Thursday now and he'll probably run there."
Hart complete a double as he guided 8-1 shot Vittachi to victory in the concluding The Football Free Bets At freebets.co.uk Handicap.
Veteran sprinter Fol Hollow secured his first winner since joining Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd with a game display in the Free Bingo At bingo.freebets.co.uk Handicap.
The eight-year-old had a rating in excess of 100 when trained by Dandy Nicholls a few years ago, since when he has enjoyed a spell in Ireland with Tom Hogan.
Now rated just 55 and turning out less than 24 hours after finishing down the field at Musselburgh, the 12-1 shot mastered Tuibama by half a length in the hands of Mick O'Connell.
Coltherd said: "I'm chuffed to bits with him and that's our first Flat winner, which is great.
"He's only been with us three months or so, but he's been showing plenty at home and he obviously hasn't lost any enthusiasm. He's enjoying life.
"We were disappointed with him at Musselburgh on Sunday, but to be fair Mick O'Connell has always said he just wants a bit of ease in the ground. He's got that today and it's worked out well."
David Barron's Spes Nostra (13-2) edged out Tectonic and Ralphy Boy in a pulsating three-way finish to the Casino Bets At bonus.co.uk Handicap.
David O'Meara's Bunce (9-2) claimed the Mobile Betting Free Bets At freebets.co.uk Classified Claiming Stakes, while Camerooney was a shock 22-1 winner of the William Hill Free Bets At freebets.co.uk Apprentice Handicap for trainer Marjorie Fife and jockey Nathan Alison.