Georgia Cox got Ladies Day off to a flyer as she steered Paul Midgley’s Buccaneers Vault (9-1) to victory in the opening DFS Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap Stakes.
Cox produced the gelding with a winning run in the final furlong and he galloped all the way to the line to hold off the fast-finishing Kenny The Captain (4-1f) with Paddy Power (14-1) back in third.
Cox said: “He is very straightforward to ride and he took me into the race really well.
“Mr Midgley was very confident about his chances and actually told me he’d win, so full credit to him. He was a bit fresh out of the stalls and we met a little bit of trouble, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”
Karl Burke’s Ellthea (8-1) left her recent form behind her to run out an impressive winner of the EBF British stallions Studs “Carrie Red” Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Stakes.
Burke’s filly had come up short in higher grades following her Carlisle win and she took advantage of the drop in class as she drew clear of 7-4 favourite Clubbable with ease. She’s Different (5-1) ran on for third.
Burke said: “She’s been in season nearly all year. At home and at the races she’s been very agitated. It’s the first time since Carlisle that she’s not been in season. She probably wasn’t ready for the race in France at that stage.
“There’s a Listed race over in Ireland over a mile that she’ll probably go to next.”
The formidable team of Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni were celebrating yet another victory at Doncaster as Laugh A Minute won the Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes.
Varian’s colt was without a win in three starts going into the race, but quickly shed his maiden tag with a stylish performance.
Laugh A Minute (12-1) came home clear of Danzan (12-1) and Alba Power (9-1).
Feliz Lepeudry, pupil assistant to Varian, said: “He did that really well. He needed his previous runs and the step back in trip helped.
“The orders were to sit at the back and be patient which Andrea did really well. Roger Varian congratulates Sheikh Mohammed Obaid and all his staff, it’s lovely to see these colours here today and we hope it will continue this week.
“We’ll see how the form works out, Roger and the lads always thought a bit of him. He’s shown enough at home but the betting didn’t really believe in us.”
Atzeni recorded a quick double as Euginio (11-4) won the crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap Stakes.
Richard Hannon’s colt held off the late challenge of Another Eclipse (5-2J).
Hannon said: “He’s been a slow horse to come to hand. He’s in the Cambridgeshire but I think next year will be his year.
“He’s always been a lovely big strong horse. You struggle to see when he’s fit as he carries a lot of weight on him. This track suits him as he takes his time to get going but he’s really next year’s horse.
“He worries me slightly that he runs around a bit and just does enough in patches, whether he might need headgear or not we’ll see. It might help him and it’s another option but he’s done enough today for me.”
What A Home (Evs) wrapped up another top day of racing with a win in the Breeders’ Series EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes.
William Haggas’ three-year-old continued on her upward curve coming home clear of Pacharana (12-1) in second.
Winning jockey Paul Hanagan said: She did well because there wasn’t that much pace on. She took a bit of a grip early on but when she got going she showed a great attitude.
“She’s an improving filly and has a good mind so onwards and upwards.”