Stan Moore had a welcome winner at Lingfield when Southwest Star was driven home by champion jockey Seb Sanders in the Great Family Deals at pontins.com Handicap.
The 3-1 favourite had a neck in hand in a blanket finish, with Sanders’ strength in the saddle earning praise from the trainer, who has recently split from his business partner Jim Hay and is on the lookout for a new base.
“That was excellent, Seb gave him a great ride,” said Moore.
“The last few times he has just been a little bit slowly away but he’s a tough, genuine horse and he’s dead honest.
“He’s a horse with limited ability but he’s a good, fun horse and he’s tough.”
Sanders also had a winner for his boss, Mark Prescott, on Wicked Daze in the Treat Your Family To Pontin’s Handicap.
The 11-4 favourite came from last to first and fought off War Of The Roses to win by a length.
Richard Hannon does ever so well with his small string of all-weather horses and was on the scoresheet with Martyr (2-1 favourite) in the All New betdaq.co.uk Handicap under Pat Dobbs.
Harry Herbert, who manages winning syndicate Highclere Thoroughbred, said: “We’re thrilled with that.
“He’s an interesting horse because last year he was such a baby to look at, he really lost his shape having been a lovely yearling.
“We knew he wouldn’t do much in his first couple of starts because it was the only way we could get him fit.
“I was down at Richard’s at the weekend and when I saw him I knew he would go close because he looked fantastic.
“He’s run very well today because that trip (10 furlongs) would have been short enough for him so we’ll keep him for the turf now and send over further.”
Gerard Butler’s Dress To Impress just hung on to win the Hop To Pontin’s 0844 815 3647 Claiming Stakes.
The 1-2 favourite would have been caught by Now You See Mee in another 50 yards but Pat Cosgrave had just enough up his sleeve.
“In another 50 yards the second would have got to us so thank God it was only five furlongs,” Butler told At The Races.
“But it’s a case of job done and he is a winning favourite.”
Haydens Mark (2-1) showed the benefit of a good debut run behind Godolphin’s Iguazu Falls to win the betdaqpoker.co.uk Maiden Stakes for Willie Haggas.
Liam Jones just reeled in Michael Jarvis’ Maslaha in the final furlong to win by one and three-quarters of a length.