Summer Moon demonstrated the sort of tenacity associated with horses trained by Mark Johnston when getting back to winning ways with a front-running success in the feature contest at Yarmouth.
Having almost pulled up on his previous start at Sandown, the three-year-old son of Sea The Moon fought off a host of challengers to complete a double for the Middleham handler with a length-and-three-quarter success in the Dan Hague-Betting On The Rails Handicap.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, said of the 2-1 winner: “There was a slightly heated debate with dad on Tuesday morning as he wanted to go to the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket on Saturday.
“His winning form was over a mile and a half and had good form over a mile-six and in time he might get further, but I just felt we needed to get his head back in front and this was probably a better starting point back and we have been rewarded.
“Luckily we put him in the Old Rowley Cup which closed this week. Whether he would be able to win over a mile and four in that kind of race, I don’t know, and we may look to keep him at a mile-six or go up to two miles, but we will certainly give it some thought.”
Gobi Sunset (5-2) got the ball rolling for Johnston when prevailing by a length under champion jockey elect Oisin Murphy in the Ken Lindsay Memorial Nursery Handicap.
Richard Hannon is fast assembling an enviable team of two-year-olds and Jamaheery (8-1) added her name to that list when bursting clear late on her debut to take the British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes by two and three-quarter lengths.
Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “She did it well, but she had a barrier trial at Lingfield which really helped her. Jim Crowley really liked her and was keen to ride her.
“She travelled nicely and put the race to bed well when asked to.”
Chris Wall saw his fears over the ground being too quick for Oh It’s Saucepot dismissed after the five-year-old daughter of Sir Percy backed up her last-time-out success with a decisive victory in the British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.
Wall said of the 15-8 winner: “I was concerned about the ground being a little bit too quick, as although she has run well on quick ground she has not really let herself down on it.
“Today she picked up well and progressed from her last run. We trained the dam of this one (Oh So Saucy) so we have known plenty about them. They can be a bit quirky, but they try hard and do their best.”
For the second day in succession John Gosden and jockey Robert Havlin teamed up for a double, which was completed by the length-and-a-quarter victory of Harrovian (2-1), who was sporting first-time blinkers in the Youngs Cityscape Handicap.
Havlin said: “I wanted to attack late on. The distress signals were going on behind the goggles though, as I didn’t think I would get a run, but he ended up picking up well.”
Ursa Minor (11-10) made it third time lucky to get Havlin and Gosden off the mark in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Havlin said: “He has had some time since his last run and he just got lost in the dip at Newmarket a couple of times over seven furlongs. Stepping up to a mile has helped him.”