Few owners can claim to have celebrated winners at both Newmarket and Cheltenham in the space of 12 months – but Nigel Morris is among them after Lissitzky claimed the Edmondson Hall Solicitors & Sports Lawyers Handicap.
Having watched Relentless Dreamer triumph at Prestbury Park in October, Morris was on hand to celebrate the length-and-three-quarters victory of the Andrew Balding-trained gelding, which completed a double for Martin Dwyer.
Morris said of the 16-1 shot: “I think he is definitely a stayer as he is very lazy at home and he doesn’t really show us anything. We were surprised that he won at Windsor last year and I thought he would come on for his Salisbury run.
“He was off the bridle a long way, but he stayed and will definitely get further. Martin Dwyer said he could run in a race like the Cesarewitch, but we will take it race by race.”
He added: “It is good to have a winner at the headquarters of both codes of racing inside a year!”
The Charlie McBride-trained Broughtons Flare (11-1) got the ball rolling for Derby-winning jockey Dwyer when gaining victory at the sixth attempt in the Racing TV Handicap.
Lunar Jet (9-2) set himself up for a trip to Epsom on Investec Oaks day in defying top-weight under Jimmy Quinn in the Moyes Investments Handicap.
Winning trainer John Mackie said: “The owner likes targeting these sort of races and we wouldn’t be here without him pushing us.
“There is a race that he is quite keen to look at on Oaks day at Epsom with this horse. Last year here it was quick ground and he just wants to get his toe in a little bit.”
Quinn added on his first British winner in 244 days: “It’s my first in the UK (this year), but I’ve been riding in and out of Bahrain and Qatar for the last six months and I had 20 winners.”
Grace McEntee enjoyed a day to remember, with a winner from her first ride on her hometown track as she teamed up with father Phil McEntee to take the Porsche Centre Cambridge Apprentice Handicap aboard Emily Goldfinch (12-1).
The 18-year-old said: “It’s really good to ride a winner here. She won a Class Two here last year, so dropping into a Class Five, we came here with a chance. She stayed every yard of that trip.”
Stuart Williams may have cursed the handicapper for raising the turf mark of Glenn Coco (7-2 joint-favourite) following a prolific spell on the all-weather, but it failed to anchor him under Oisin Murphy in the Chemtest Environmental Laboratories Handicap.
The Newmarket handler said: “He does try hard. He has been slowly improving on the all-weather throughout the winter and we were hoping he would transfer it back to the turf, but you are never sure.
“He had gone up 10lb on turf without winning on it.
“Oisin gave him a lovely ride and produced him at the right time. He will probably run in the grey horse race at the July Course which he was third in last year.”
Murphy completed his brace when making virtually all aboard the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Laieth (11-2) to take the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Handicaps by three and a quarter lengths.