Champion apprentice David Egan hopes the winners will keep rolling in after riding out his 3lb claim with victory aboard Keeper’s Choice in the Comax Handicap at Newbury.
The 18-year-old ensured the drinks will be flowing at The Harrow pub in West Ilsley for winning syndicate Keeper’s 12 after he reached his own personal milestone aboard the Denis Coakley-trained three-year-old when collecting the mile prize by a length.
Egan said: “It’s great. Hopefully we will keep things rolling over now I’ve lost the claim as that is what every apprentice looks for.
“I’ve got great people supporting me to help bring me to the next level.”
The winning trainer said of Keeper’s Choice: “Last time she ran at Chepstow they didn’t go any gallop and one come and mugged her on the line. She didn’t really stay the stiff mile at Chepstow but today suited her well.
“They (owners) are from West Ilsley and they have had shares with me for quite a while.
“I’m sure they will definitely have a few drinks tonight. I will be there for a while but not as long as them!”
Martyn Meade will waste no time in stepping Confiding up to Pattern-race company after earmarking the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival as his next target following his length success on debut in the Be Wiser Insurance Novice Stakes.
Meade said of the 16-1 chance: “It was what we expected. He has been going very well at home and we thought he would run well first time out but you never know first time out what will happen.
“He was so professional. He jumped out but he had an awful lot to do. He weaved his way through and did everything perfectly. I suppose it will be Newmarket next for the Superlative.”
Sarah Bowen had a day to remember after landing her first winner under rules aboard a horse close to her heart when partnering the Tony Carroll-trained Windsorslot (12-1) to glory by a neck in the Wiser Academy Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
The 26-year-old said of the 16-1 winner: “I’m delighted and I can’t believe it, to be honest.
“I’m so grateful for Tony and the owners putting me up on him as I ride him every day at home.
“He stuck his neck out all the way to the line and he is as genuine as they come. He is just a great horse to ride.”
William Haggas and James Doyle teamed up to take the feature Listed Johnnie Lewis Memorial British EBF Stakes with Sea Of Class and the pair were also on the scoresheet with Feline Groovy (11-4 favourite), who took division one of the Crossland British EBF “Confined” Fillies’ Novice Stakes by a neck.
The Newmarket handler said: “I think Feline Groovy was a bit rusty last time as she hadn’t run for a long time.
“That was more like it, although she looked to make heavy weather of it, to me.
“She will be a nice filly but she is not all there yet.”
There were no hard-luck stories for the John Gosden-trained Scottish Jig on this occasion as the daughter of Speightstown ran out a length-and-a-half winner in division two.
Thady Gosden, son of the winning trainer, said of the 9-4 winner: “She didn’t get any luck in running first time out at Kempton. She enjoyed the good to firm ground.
“She has taken her time to come to herself and she has enjoyed the sun recently. “