Few people left Great Yarmouth happier than owner Jon Thompson on Friday after Lady Freyja completed her miraculous return from injury with victory in the Moughton Engineering Handicap.
Having sustained a near life-threatening tendon injury last year, the John Ryan-trained four-year-old got her career back on track when building on an encouraging return at the Norfolk track earlier this month to claim the seven-furlong prize by half a length.
Thompson said of the Hayley Turner-ridden 4-1 winner: “She was out in a field and got a kick. She came within one centimetre of losing her life with a tendon injury.
“Last time out was a big step in the right direction, but to see her do that is thanks to John and his team and the team at Rossdales (vets).”
He added: “We had a few quid on as well, so that’s a few of the bills paid!”
There would have been smiles all round in the office of Newmarket trainer James Tate after Autumn Splendour (1-8) ran out a length-and-a-half winner of the Read Silvestre De Sousa At 188Bet Novice Stakes, to initiate a double for jockey Luke Morris.
Tate’s wife, Lucinda, said: “James is back at home with Saeed Manana (owner) so they will be pleased.
“He got no luck in running at Nottingham. We were hoping he would win today, but it obviously helped with the other horse (Mendoza) coming out.
“The sales race at York for the ones that have come out of the Doncaster sales could be a target.”
Morris was also on the mark with the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Matchmaking (100-30) in the Daily World Cup Specials At 188Bet Handicap.
Jane Elliott did her chances of getting more rides for trainer Ed Vaughan in the future no harm in guiding Peace Prevails (3-1) to the first victory of her career when taking the Club 188 Exclusive Offers’ Fillies’ Handicap.
The 3lb claimer said: “This is my third ride for Ed and my first winner for him. I really like riding for Ed as he is a top trainer in Newmarket.
“I rode this filly last time and she was second. She has improved again for the step up in trip. She seems to be on the up.”
Kassar (5-2) may not be the most straightforward ride, but the Roger Charlton-trained three-year-old showed what he can do when putting it all together in the Moulton Nurseries Handicap.
Jockey Kieran Shoemark said: “The fast pace suited him well. He is a horse that doesn’t like to get crowded. He is definitely a thinker and when I got stuck into him he just drifted into the middle of the track.
“In previous races he has refused to go through with it and go past horses, but he has done it today.”
David Egan saw his smart thinking from the stalls rewarded with victory in a course-record time aboard Haveoneyerself in the 188Bet Mobile Bet10 Get20 Handicap.
Bagging a position close to the stands rail the 19-year-old guided the John Butler-trained son of Requinto to glory by a length in the five-furlong dash in a time of 59.74 seconds.
Egan said of the 11-1 winner: “It 100 per cent helped getting over close to the stands rail. He had a lot of gate speed which helped and the cheekpieces kept him going.
“Firm ground is definitely key to him, as he is not the biggest. The tailwind probably helped as well.”