Super De Sousa hits four-timer
Silvestre de Sousa enjoyed a red-letter day with a 196/1 four-timer on Dullingham, Party Royal, Statutory and Aglaophonos at Pontefract.
Statutory was the star of the show for the Brazilian rider with an admirable staying performance in the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes.
The three-year-old only made his racecourse debut on this track in July, but has been kept busy since and was having his ninth start after finishing second to Caucus in a two-mile Listed race at Newmarket.
However, he looked as fresh as paint as he ran his rivals ragged with an all-the-way win in this two-and-a-quarter mile stamina test.
Mutual Regard put in a brief bid but was swept aside as the 4/9 shot turned the four-runner race into a procession, winning by 14 lengths.
"He put the race to bed in the last mile. He travelled well and was the class horse in the race," De Sousa told Racing UK.
"I'd love to ride him again. I think he's one of the horses for the future. He's a lovely horse and could go anywhere.
"It was the first time I'd ridden the horse. He's got a lot of scope and the older he gets the better he will be. You could think about going for the Gold Cup next year."
Johnston and De Sousa had earlier teamed up successfully with Party Royal (11/2) in the £40 totepool Package Handicap.
The race was dominated by stallion Royal Applause who also sired the runner-up African Oil in a thrilling finish.
Putting aside a disappointing display at Newmarket on his previous start, Party Royal set out to make all the running and found extra at the business end to hold the strong challenge of African Oil by a head.
The pair pulled 21 lengths clear of Veeraya in third.
De Sousa's spree started on the Charlie Abbleby-trained Dullingham, who got off the mark at the fourth attempt when lasting out the mile and a quarter well in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
De Sousa kicked the Godolphin-owned colt into the lead over two furlongs out and the 2/1 favourite stamped his authority to win by three lengths from Liberty Red.
Aglaophonos (6/1), co-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, brought up the four-timer with a two-and-a-half length verdict over Unknown Villain in the Book Your Christmas Party On 0113 287 6387 Claiming Stakes.
De Sousa was denied a five-timer when 8/13 hot-pot Thatchmaster was only third behind Duke Of Grazeon (28/1), trained in Newmarket by Ilka Gansera-Leveque, in the Buy Your 2014 Annual Badge Today Maiden Stakes.
Focusofourthoughts (11/1) battled out victory in the Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Nursery Handicap.
PJ McDonald was at his strongest on the Ann Duffield-trained youngster to come out on top by half a length from Baars Causeway with Instant Attraction just a head away third.
"He improved a lot from his first to his second run and he has improved again," said Duffield.
"He's very game, loves a bit of juice underfoot and he's on the upgrade. He's not a very big horse so we probably need to win what we can while we can.
"He stayed on well and PJ said he thought he'd get further, while we've got some rain around he probably needs to run again once more before the end of the year."
Instant Attraction's jockey Michael O'Connell was banned for one day for careless riding and two days for using his whip above the permitted level. He is stood down from October 21-23.
Two-times champion jockey Paul Hanagan floored punters with victory on 25/1 outsider Lady Of Yue in the Many Thanks To Di Price Handicap for Newmarket handler Eugene Stanford.