Rab Havlin continued his most prolific season in the saddle as he galvanised Mehdaayih to victory in division two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Yarmouth.
Having brought up a century of winners for the first time in his career at Kempton the previous evening, the 44-year-old kept the bandwagon rolling on Tuesday as the John Gosden-trained daughter of Frankel made it third time lucky when defeating stablemate Fanny Logan by a neck.
The milestone reached by the multiple Group race-winning rider comes little more than a year after he resumed riding, having served a disputed six-month drugs ban imposed on him by French racing officials.
Havlin said: “It was great to get the century done for the first time – I had been trying to put it to the back of my mind.
“I’ve not got any set targets to reach by the end of the year – it will be just be interesting to see how many winners I can ride. This makes up for last season.”
On the 4-1 winner, he added: “Over the winter she will get stronger. She has got a real big long stride on her and covers a lot of ground.
“I’d say the mile is fine for her, but she will probably get a little bit further – at least 10 furlongs.”
Soon-to-be married jockey Jack Mitchell helped to pay off some of his wedding expenses by riding a treble, taking him to a career-best tally of 52 winners for the year.
He reached the 50-winner mark for the first time since 2010 when the Hugo Palmer-trained Mystic Meg left her rivals toiling to land the RCA Flat Racecourse Groundstaff Award Winners Handicap.
Mitchell said of his half-century: “It has been a lot of hard work, but I’ve had a lot of support from the likes of Roger Varian, Simon Crisford, Hugo Palmer and Peter Chapple-Hyam.”
On the 6-1 winner Mystic Meg, he added: “She is a very tricky filly, and they have done a very good job with her at home keeping a lid on her. I rode her at Sandown, and she was quite keen – but there was a nice enough pace here today, which helped.”
There was more success for Mitchell and Palmer when Sudona (12-1) claimed the Jark (KL) Ltd Handicap – much to the elation of part-owners Doone Hulse and Susie Saunders.
Hulse said: “We were not expecting this at all, and we are still in shock.
“We fell in love with her as a foal. She was bred by Lady Cobham, but we brought her back at the sales. She is just a lovely horse – and after we lost our good jump horse Sir Valentino, it is nice to win with her.”
Mitchell completed his hat-trick aboard Ruth Carr’s 7-2 favourite Danish Duke in the Christmas Parties At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap.
William Haggas’ Frankellina (5-4) looks to have a bright future following her winning debut.
The daughter of Frankel got up by a head in the opening division of the mile fillies’ novice stakes.
Maureen Haggas, wife of the winning trainer, said: “She is bred to stay, because her mother (Our Obsession) won the Galtres Stakes. She is probably going to be a mile-and-a-quarter or mile-and-a-half filly.
“He (Harry Bentley) gave her a fantastic ride and looked after her. She is a lovely filly, and she has won first time out – and not many of ours do that.”