The familiar Mark Prescott/Seb Sanders pairing played a prominent role in the win of Ricci De Mare at Southwell.
Yet it was Andrew Haynes who sported the biggest smile after the 16-1 chance landed the Sponsor A Race At Southwell Selling Handicap, having recently purchased the youngster at the sales.
Haynes, who is currently enjoying a decent time of things, paid Prescott just 3,500 guineas for Ricci De Mare before following some sound advice from the Newmarket maestro.
Haynes said: “I only bought her around five weeks ago from Sir Mark at the sales.
“He came straight over after the hammer went down and told me what to do. He told me he didn’t think she was too badly handicapped and that she’d win a race.
“I got her sound and I’m really happy, Seb thinks she’ll come on for the run too. That’s 10 winners since January and things are going really well.”
The winner was bought-in at the subsequent auction for 4,750 guineas.
Sanders went on to complete a 581/2-1 double when Loose Caboose proved two lengths too good for Diademas in the Easter Is Egg-stra Special Pontin’s Handicap.
Winning trainer Alan McCabe was all smiles after the 5-2 chance got the job done in smooth style.
McCabe said: “That’s officially number 50 in 18 months. We did have another winner but the stewards took it from us.
“We’ve also clinched the Arena Leisure Southwell trainers’ championship, which is great for the whole team.
“The horses are flying, everything is going well and I couldn’t be happier with things.
“This little filly has been brilliant too. I only paid 800 guineas for her as a two-year-old and she’s now won three times and been placed a further five.”
Chris Catlin has enjoyed a lucrative winter on the sand and timed it right aboard 14-1 shot Russian Rocket in the Have A Happy Easter Pontin’s Claiming Stakes for Christine Dunnett.
“He might not run for another month now but he’s always had ability and Chris gave him a really good ride,” said Dunnett, whose winner got the job done by a head from Savile’s Delight.
Days Of Pleasure got off the mark at the fifth attempt in the Join The Easter Parade Pontin’s Median Auction Maiden Stakes, while Three Boars took the concluding Croc Makes Easter Egg-citing Pontin’s Handicap.
Jamie Jones gave the Steve Gollings-trained 3-1 winner a peach of a ride, sitting motionless for much of the race before asserting when required to win by three-quarters of a length.
Indian’s Feather did not travel anything like as smoothly in the southwell-racecourse.co.uk Fillies Handicap, but she showed a willing attitude to land odds of 5-1 having been pressed all the way up the straight.
Winning jockey Hadden Frost, who claims a useful 5lb, said: “That’s my first ever ride for Nigel (Tinkler) and it all went to plan.”