Trainer Dean Ivory was lost for words after seeing his veteran sprinter Tropics (7-2) secure his third success of the year at Chelmsford on Wednesday.
While not the force of old, the dual July Cup runner-up showed he still retains plenty of ability at the age of 10 by recording a 12th career victory in the Bet toteswinger At totesport.com Essex Sprint Handicap.
Ivory said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. Words can’t really describe how I feel at the moment.
“It’s quite emotional when you’ve got a 10-year-old like him. There was a question whether I would get him back at one time.
“That is what owning a racehorse is all about – dreaming. Today it has come true again.
“If he is happy and comes back sound we’ll keep seeing what races there are here.”
Seniority enhanced his chances of carrying the colours of the Queen at Royal Ascot next week after landing the Bet totetrifecta At totesport.com Moulsham Mile Handicap.
The William Haggas-trained son Dubawi, who holds en entry in the Royal Hunt Cup, gained his second straight win over the course and distance to initiate a double for jockey Ryan Moore.
Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said of the 5-1 winner: “It was great and I thought he did really well. He was not that well drawn. He had to drop in and he got a lot of kickback but he went through horses well.
“The Queen hardly ever gets to go racing, but that is why she has horses – to see them run.
“We will try our best to get him there (Royal Ascot) in good shape.”
The Luca Cumani-trained Drill (2-1) completed Moore’s double when taking the Transparent Recruitment Solutions Ltd “Confined” Novice Stakes in impressive style.
Richard Fahey ended his 545-day drought without a winner at the Essex track after 6-1 shot Clubbable bounced back to winning ways in the Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap.
The winning rider Paul Hanagan said: “She managed to jump on level terms today and that helps round here. That was my only worry as she has been slow out the last twice.
“She did absolutely nothing wrong there and she showed a good attitude.”
I’ll Have Another (10-11) appears to have a bright future after bettering her debut second at Redcar when obliging by two lengths in the Bet toteplacepot At totesport.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Charlie Johnston, son of winning trainer Mark, said: “To be fair she was quite green and greener than I expected her to be on her second start.
“She’s done it very well and she was doing her best work at the end, which is no surprise.
“I don’t think we will jump into the deep end. We will climb the ladder one rung at a time.”
George Peckham earned some valuable brownie points with his wife Emma after Red Island (6-4) carried her silks to victory in the Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Novice Auction Stakes, giving the Newmarket handler his first winner of 2018.
Peckham said: “We were hoping he would win like that today. For a cheap horse he has shown quite a bit at home.
“It is the first winner of the season but we’ve been knocking at the door.
“That was for the wife so that was important!”