Tim Easterby and stable jockey David Allan are in good form and they struck again when Favourite Girl gained a well-deserved success in the Donleys Maiden Auction Stakes at Carlisle.
Allan had the 11-8 favourite travelling well throughout and she quickened approaching the final furlong before holding Kyllachy Star by half a length.
Easterby said: “She has been a real professional from day one and I don’t know why she hadn’t won before now.
“She was in front long enough, although I think five furlongs suits her better than this stiff six.”
Richard Fahey helped his stable apprentice Jamie Moriarty move closer to a career landmark when providing him with a double courtesy of Little Jimbob and Kings College Boy.
Moriarty, 23, was taking his career score to 85, and he now needs only 10 more winners before he loses his claim.
He said: “It will be nice to get there and it will probably make it easier to get rides.
“My total includes 28 winners back home in Ireland, one in Australia and one in Dubai.”
Little Jimbob put up another game performance to win the opening Andidrain Claiming Stakes.
Moriarty had Fahey’s seven-year-old smartly out of the stalls and he made the rest of the running, keeping on under his rider’s urgings to hold the sustained challenge of Lauro by a neck.
Fahey said of the 7-2 joint-favourite: “He has won it twice in a row so next year I think they ought to name a race after him!
“He can’t win when we run him in handicaps so we have to run him in these claimers, he is a super horse, although he has had some problems.”
Kings College Boy (9-1) was gaining his seventh success in the Lakeland Willow Water Handicap, running out a half-length winner from Whinhill House.
Fahey added: “He has been knocking on the door and I said to his owners that I thought his turn would come again.”
Avontuur landed odds of 14-1 in the Telford Hart Associates – Construction Cost Consultants Handicap.
The winner is trained by Ruth Carr for her grandfather David Chapman, and she said: “He ran quite well at Pontefract last time when slowly away and he is a nice big horse, not just an all-weather horse as some people suggest.”
Royston Ffrench felt unwell after riding the unplaced Josephine Malines in the first race of the afternoon.
His mood will have darkened when Graham Gibbons came in for the spare ride on Umverti, who scored in convincing fashion in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Fillies’ Handicap.
Michael Scudamore, who took out a trainer’s licence six weeks ago, struck with his first runner at the Cumbrian course when Directa’s Digger showed the way home under apprentice Jack Dean in the Dobies Cumbria, Workington, Carlisle & Penrith Handicap.
The 11-8 favourite had a length and three-quarters to spare over Pegasus Prince.
Scudamore said: “He has been fantastic for us, he won at Haydock and finished second at York three days ago and the improvement in form which he has shown compared to running over hurdles has been unimaginable.
“He is in at Musselburgh on Friday so we will see how he is and he may run there. He will stay up in the North in Lucinda Russell’s stable.”