Joy for young jockey Morgan

The betfair.com Apprentice Series Handicap Stakes at Pontefract may not live long in the memory for many people, but for 17-year-old jockey Ashley Morgan, the rider of Sumner, it will never be forgotten.

The betfair.com Apprentice Series Handicap Stakes at Pontefract may not live long in the memory for many people, but for 17-year-old jockey Ashley Morgan, the rider of Sumner, it will never be forgotten.

It was the young rider's first ever winner and came in round four of the series sponsored by the betting exchange, with the winner being rewarded with an all-expenses paid working holiday in Florida.

Morgan, who claims 7lb, was always handy on the Mark Tompkins-trained 5-1 shot and went on a furlong out to beat Boppys Pride by three lengths.

"That was my 19th ride and hopefully it's the first (winner) of many," said Morgan.

"I started riding out in the summer holidays and then I moved to Mr Tompkins in March.

"I'm based with him now and ride out every morning."

James Rogers, who rode the runner-up, now leads the series with one round to go.

Seb Sanders got a busy day off to the best possible start when partnering debutant Candela Bay to victory in the Read Hunt Insurance Brokers Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The win brought him level on 140 winners for the season with Jamie Spencer and while Sanders will be going on to Wolverhampton after he has finished in West Yorkshire, Spencer is not riding.

The Captain Rio filly, trained by William Haggas, was sent off at 100-30 and had too much speed in the closing stages for 3-1 favourite Paddy Jack, being a length to the good at the line.

"She showed a really nice attitude to say it was her first run," said Sanders.

"It was a very good performance and she can only improve."

Malinsa Blue (8-1) gave the absent Brian Ellison another winner in the Subscribe To Racing UK On 08700 50 69 57 Handicap Stakes.

The Malton handler is in Australia to oversee the final preparations of Bay Story's Melbourne Cup bid.

His five-year-old mare picked up best of all inside the final furlong in the hands of JP Guillambert to hold off Titinius by half a length.

"We should send my dad away more often!" said the trainer's daughter and assistant Lorraine Ellison.

"We might take her to Beverley next week now, over a mile again, that seems to be her best trip. It was a great ride."

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