Marco Ghiani enjoyed a day to remember at Yarmouth on Wednesday after Daschas completed the first double of his career when bouncing back to form in the Danny & Peggy Wright Memorial Handicap.
After finishing down the field aboard the Stuart Williams-trained five-year-old at Doncaster last week, Ghiani galvanised the Oasis Dream colt back to winning ways when taking the five-furlong contest by three-quarters of a length in a track record time of 59.16 seconds.
Ghiani said after victory on the 7-2 shot: “It’s my first double and I feel in really good form. I love this game. The last day he ran really well, but there was a real headwind. Today he was in good form.”
Williams added: “He ended up in front at Doncaster and that didn’t really suit him and he just faded in the last half a furlong. This was a smaller field and we could sit where we wanted.”
Restless Rose got the ball rolling for Ghiani and Williams when maintaining her unbeaten record at the Norfolk track with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Youngs London Original Fillies’ Handicap.
Williams said of the 7-4 winner: “She won here last year and she has just struggled a little bit, but she has been running well.
“She has just been a little bit unlucky in one or two races and that can happen in sprint races if you are not in the right place.”
Maqtal appears to have a bright future ahead of him after building on an encouraging debut at Doncaster behind subsequent Acomb winner Valdemoro, when getting up by half a length in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes to initiate a double for Jim Crowley.
Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said of the Roger Varian-trained winner: “It was hard for him out there stuck out wide, but he had the benefit of a run. The form had worked out good from Doncaster.
“We wanted to run him back earlier, but a couple of his scopes were not right. It’s great he has come on for his first run.
“He got that trip (seven furlongs) and he will get a mile no problem.”
Former champion jockey Crowley had to wait until the last to complete his brace when partnering the William Haggas-trained Majaalis (11-4) to glory by a length and a quarter in the Dennis Barrett Jolly Boys Outing Handicap.
Hills added: “He is not straightforward, but he has got lots of ability. He finished out the race well in first-time cheekpieces, which was good to see.”
Rock The Cradle gained a second win of the campaign under an ultra-confident ride from Jamie Spencer in the Sea Deer Handicap.
Trainer Ed Vaughan said of the 7-2 winner: “He has been a solid horse this year, but he needs it like a road out there. Jamie Spencer is the king of cool rides.
“He hated Sandown when he won there, but that was probably the making of him that day.
“He has been placed in all his starts, but he is still a work in progress.”
Rab Havlin and John Gosden also recorded a double with Fanny Logan (6-5) in the feature EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies’ Stakes and Scentasia (7-4), who was a ready four-and-a-half-length winner of the Parklands Leisure Holiday Distributors Handicap.