H Harrison could bid to scoop another decent prize at Chester tomorrow after flying around the unique Roodee circuit to strike for trainer Ian McInnes.
The seven-year-old was landing his second race at the track this season when showing his rivals two clean pairs of hooves in the Triton Holidays Handicap.
After breaking well from stall four, H Harrison wound up the pace and stuck on well to land odds of 9-1 by a length and a half from Trojan Flight.
And connections will hope lightning can strike twice as their charge will take his chance from the same draw in the betterbetcorbett.co.uk Handicap – providing he is none the worse for his exertions.
“He was second in the same race two years ago but we didn’t come back last year as I think the ground was against him,” recalled McInnes.
“He’ll go again tomorrow, all being well, but we don’t want any rain. It might be a bit better race but he has a lighter weight and has the same draw.
“Our gallops are also very sharp and he just seems to like being kept occupied in his races.”
While H Harrison was landing his 14th career success, the Mick Channon-trained Dellini grabbed an eyecatching first gold medal in the EBF Combermere Fillies’ Conditions Stakes.
Partnered by Darryll Holland, the 10-1 chance came with a storming late run to short-head 15-8 favourite Fanatical on the line.
“I always thought I was getting there and I just had to straighten her up,” said the winning rider.
“We knew we were taking on winners here, but Mick has always thought a lot of her. She’s going to be good. To win like that when she was still so green was great.”
Another juvenile to make an impression was the Kevin Ryan-trained Golan Knight, who struck at 8-1 in the Surrenda-Link Nursery.
After kicking clear inside the final quarter-mile, he had enough left in the tank to repel fast-finishing 5-2 favourite Alan Devonshire by half a length.
“He was just idling a bit up the straight, but he’s always been a nice colt and could possibly get a mile later on,” Ryan said.
“We’ll see what’s coming up for him but we’d probably not put him away after winning like that.
“He could go to the horses in training sale and he’ll make someone a lovely three-year-old.”
Mark Brisbourne was all smiles after seeing New Star strike at 10-1 in the Audi A7 Season Handicap.
Having only his fourth start, the son of Green Desert showed a willing attitude to deny Noticeable by a length and a half.
Brisbourne said: “I’m glad I bought him now! He only cost me 3,000 (guineas) at the sales so that’s not a bad return.
“He came from Godolphin and wasn’t good enough for them but he’s certainly good enough for me. He’s still weak now and will be a much better horse next year.”
Sues Surprise was tailed off in the Oaks in June, but predictably found the David McLean Maiden Fillies’ Stakes a much easier proposition.
After slamming Demisemiquaver by 10 lengths, winning trainer Barry Hills said of the 8-13 winner: “She ran no race in the Oaks and she might not have really gone on the all-weather last time, but she’s killed them off today before the turn.
“I’ll run her again somewhere before she goes to the December Sales.”