Olly Murphy was celebrating at Fakenham on Tuesday after Mizen Master became the 100th winner of his career.
The Wilmcote handler, who only sent out his first runner in July 2017, reached the milestone following the five-year-old’s one-length triumph in the Racing Partnership Selling Handicap Hurdle, on his first start since having a wind operation.
Murphy said: “It is a nice milestone to get, especially in my dad’s colours. My mum and dad have been fantastic since I’ve started.
“Fakenham has been lucky for and I would say Mizen Master was not far off being one of my first winners.”
He added: “The wind op has done no harm. He is a good fun horse in this grade and he has won a seller now along with a claimer and a couple of novice events.”
Peter Bowen has set his sights on toppling his personal-best domestic tally from the 2006-07 campaign after moving on to the 50-winner mark for the season following the victory of Ontopoftheworld in the Weatherbys VAT Services Handicap Chase.
“That was good, to get the 50 winners up. My best total is 72 and I hope I can beat that this season, as long as they stay sound and healthy,” said Bowen.
On the 5-4 winner, he added: “He has just been a straightforward horse from the word go. He has won four races for us now and they may not be hot races, but he has won his money and done well.”
Teenage jockey Jack Tudor enjoyed a day to remember, tasting his first victory under rules when giving trainer Christian Williams his first winner in 137 days with Uno Mas (5-2) in the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle.
The 16-year-old said: “It was a great feeling. I’ve had a few point-to-point winners, but it is a bit different to having one under rules. I thought I was down at the back, but luckily he found a leg and went on and won.
“It was nice of Christian Williams to give me the chance and thankfully I have given him a winner. It was worth the six-hour trip.”
Stuart Edmunds may have been nervous before Theclockisticking made his debut over fences in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Beginners’ Chase – but he need not have worried as the 1-12 favourite defeated sole rival Len Brennan by five lengths.
Edmunds said: “It is horrible when they are odds-on like that and much more nerve-racking.
“It was efficient enough, but he can just go a bit left and that is why I came here. It is difficult to take much out of that, but he was careful and clever. He went long at the last and came up.
“He doesn’t want it too soft, so he will probably have a mid-season break. We will just take it a step a time.”
Alain Cawley ensured his close friend and trainer Emmet Mullins secured a first winner from his opening runner at the Norfolk track after driving well-backed 8-11 favourite Yeats Baby home in the Christian Williams Racing Club Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
Cawley said: “It is my first ride for Emmet, but I lived with him for three to four years in Ireland and we have always kept in touch. The mare saw out the two-mile-seven trip well and riding a winner for him felt good.”