Ivy Creek’s second season in 2006 was curtailed by a back problem but he is making up for lost time and gained a second Listed race in a month at Pontefract.
Geoff Wragg’s charge showed a really willing attitude to win the totesport Pontefract Castle Stakes under Steve Drowne.
There were five virtually in line a quarter of a mile out but The Geezer, who led after a couple of furlongs, was not going down without a fight.
Godolphin’s chestnut was having his first run since May last year and could not quite cope with Ivy Creek, who headed him with 75 yards to run and collected by one and a half lengths – despite hanging right.
Wragg, who also sent out Heron Bay to win the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, said: “He’s a really nice horse and I think someone said last year he was the best three-year-old.
“But he had a bit of a back problem so we gave him a good rest.
“We will definitely step him up in class a bit now and he will probably go for the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket.”
Dunaskin had not won since August 2004 but Karen McLintock produced him fit and ready to defy joint-top weight in the totequadpot Handicap.
Richard Hills, having his first ride for the stable, sent the seven-year-old into the lead from the outset and kept him going in fine style in the last quarter mile to hold Blue Spinnaker by two and a half lengths.
McLintock said of the 4-1 joint favourite: “It has taken me two years to get him to win – he has been a puzzle of a horse and has had problems but we got him right.
“He is entered in the (Northumberland) Plate on Saturday and though he likes some cut in the ground, two miles would be too far in soft going.
“I am annoyed that we did not put him in the John Smith’s Cup at York the way the weather is going, but we may have a look at the Old Newton Cup at Haydock - and there is a nice race at Windsor too.”
Jimmy Fortune was in cracking form at Royal Ascot – taking the top jockey title with five winners – and kept up the good work with a typically determined ride to get the Neville Callaghan-trained Froissee home in the totecourse to course Fillies’ Handicap.
Alan Swinbank was delighted to get back on the scoresheet when Salingers Star made a successful racecourse debut under Jim Crowley in the EBF toteplacepot Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
It looked as if another newcomer Tudor Court had pinched it when she dashed into the lead off the home turn.
But as long-time leader Romantic Destiny also rallied, Salingers Star burst through to get up in the last 50 yards and go one and a quarter lengths clear.
Swinbank said of the 25-1 shot: “I got her cheaply and it is nice to have a winner as we have had a few disappointments in the last few days.
“I think she will improve.”
Tim Easterby, who sent out two winners at Ayr on Saturday, completed a double this afternoon at Warwick and made it five in 24 hours when Thewhirlingdervish bagged the totepool Pontefract Cup in the hands of Kevin Darley.
Sir Michael Stoute supplemented Mountain High’s Group One success in France when Flavius opened his account at the third attempt in the toteexacta Maiden Stakes.
Cheery Cat (9-2 co-favourite) landed a gamble in decisive fashion in the totesportcasino.com Handicap for the in-form Paul Mulrennan.
Trainer David Barker said: “He’s done it well and I suppose his price shortened because all his 17 owners backed him!”