Ivan Furtado was relieved to see Badayel record an overdue victory in the Betway Novice Stakes at Southwell.
The son of Havana Gold set Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum back 110,000 guineas as a yearling three years ago, but did not see the racecourse until the December of his juvenile year.
Although he was only narrowly beaten into second on his debut for Owen Burrows, he changed hands for just £23,000 in the summer, since when he has filled the runner-up spot on a further three occasions.
He was the 8-15 favourite to make the most of what appeared a gilt-edged opportunity and rewarded those who kept the faith with a clear-cut success under Jason Hart.
“People say he’s not straightforward, but to be fair to him, he’s kept bumping into good horses,” Furtado told Sky Sports Racing.
“He keeps finishing second, so I’m really glad for the horse he’s got his head in front today.
“I think he’ll go forward and I’m sure he’ll win more races.”
Apprentice Selma Grage kept her cool to steer odds-on favourite Tynecastle Park to victory in the featured Betway Handicap.
Grage had previously ridden just two winners in Britain and none this year prior to partnering Robert Eddery’s 4-9 chance over an extended two miles in Nottinghamshire.
Supporters of the market leader will have been sweating when Tom Eaves sent Cosmelli to the front in the straight, but Grage did not panic and Tynecastle Park responded to her urgings in the closing stages to get back up and score by half a length.
Grage said: “It’s a long way around Southwell – when you come into the home straight there’s still two and a half or three furlongs to go.
“You can’t really panic around here. He (Tynecastle Park) keeps going. He’s so honest and keeps galloping the whole way.
“This is my third winner and I’ve been so lucky to get a lot of good opportunities.
“The girls are really getting up there now, with Hollie Doyle beating records.
“Hopefully it will keep going the right way for me.”
Love Your Work made a successful debut for trainer Tim Fitzgerald in the Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap.
A dual winner at the track last year when trained by Adam West, the 6-4 favourite made the most of his falling mark on his first start for new connections, pulling almost four lengths clear in the hands of Dougie Costello.
“He had form around here, which does help. I don’t know what I beat really, but he’s done the job,” said the winning rider.
“Tim has freshened him up and it all worked out.”
Mick Appleby and Ben Curtis combined to land the opening Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap with 3-1 chance Tigray, while 3lb claimer Harrison Shaw steered the Julia Brooke-trained Piazon (8-1) to the narrowest of wins in the BetYourWay At Betway Handicap.
The concluding Betway Apprentice Handicap went to 3-1 shot Gorgeous General, trained by Lawrence Mullaney and ridden by William Carver.