Torus crowned King of Ripon
Ruth Carr has mastered the art of finding the key to jaded horses and the Stillington trainer and she has certainly restored King Torus.
A 25/1 scorer at Newcastle a fortnight ago, the six-year-old was 12/1 for the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap at Ripon but was given a cool ride by James Sullivan to move through late and beat Bold Prediction by a cosy neck.
His spree might not be over yet either, as Carr said: "That was good, Jimmy timed it to perfection.
"He was a good horse on his day, we did his soft palate about two months ago so that's obviously helped him. They get their confidence back, get enjoying the job and it rekindles their enthusiasm.
"He's in at Doncaster on Saturday and the owner would like to go to Royal Ascot if he can get in the seven-furlong (Buckingham Palace) handicap. That would suit him and we've got to have that in the back of our minds."
Similar comments apply to David O'Meara's St Moritz, who bolted up in the RiponBet Our Profits Stay In Racing Handicap.
Without a win since April of last year, St Moritz was moved from Dandy Nicholls to O'Meara by owner Billy Hughes, and belatedly scored in emphatic fashion at Redcar a week ago.
Carrying a 6lb penalty, the 8/13 favourite was simply held together by Danny Tudhope to follow up by two and three-quarter lengths.
Hughes said: "I'm just pinching myself after Redcar. He was very good there but today he's been a revelation.
"He's had injuries and been to three specialists so he took a bit of working out. He's settled into a new yard and it's great to see him back to where he is. He's just cruised home."
Tom Dascombe has been sending out a few juvenile winners recently and Angelic Lord looked as useful as any of them when coming out on top in a competitive British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Richard Kingscote's mount went off the 13/8 favourite on his debut but he was pushed all the way to the line by market rival Al Fareej, who already had a second-placed finish under her belt.
There was only a nose in it at the post and Colin Gorman, Dascombe's assistant, told At The Races: "Generally our two-year-olds need a run bit this is showing there are some quite nice ones. The filly alongside him was very tough, but he came out on top."
Asked if Royal Ascot was under consideration, Gorman said: "Definitely. Tom will have a chat to the owners, they are a new group and we definitely wanted them to get some nice ones.
"Everything seemed to go wrong there but this is a lovely track to start them off and you have to handle the undulations. Richard said he'd come on a tonne."
Tower Power, the 5/2 favourite for the Follow RiponRaces On Twitter Handicap, built upon some solid maiden efforts for Ismael Mohammed and Graham Lee.
Thornaby Princess (22/1) made a fine start to her three-year-old campaign under Russ Kennemore in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Celebration Handicap.
Trainer Marjorie Fife said: "She's a very buzzy filly but once she gets her act together, she'll be a flyer I'm sure. I wasn't really confident as it was first-time-out and we wanted to see if she'd settle."