Derby-winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam repaid owner John Fretwell’s decision to send him Medicine Path by saddling the four-year-old to a length victory in the Doncaster Mile on Town Moor.
Third to Chapple-Hyam’s Classic hero Authorized at this track in the 2006 Racing Post Trophy, Medicine Path missed the majority of last year and moved stables last month after Fretwell split with his retained trainer Eoghan O’Neill.
Having hit form before his transfer, the 9-2 chance completed a three-timer on his debut for the Newmarket handler when sweeping past much-hyped stablemate Don’t Panic inside the distance.
Chapple-Hyam said: “It was very kind of John to send him to me.
“He isn’t a great work horse at home.
“I hate running two in the same race and if you take the winner out then Don’t Panic would have won impressively.
“He (Don’t Panic) has improved since the Spring Mile and that was a career-best for him. I think he is up to winning Group races.
“The winner will go for the Sandown Mile now. Don’t Panic could well run there too or I might stick to Listed races with him for the time being.”
Winning rider Jamie Spencer was narrowly denied a quickfire double as his mount King’s Bastion was worn down in the dying strides of the Doncaster Exhibition Centre Handicap by Stevie Gee (14-1).
In-form trainer Alan Swinbank said: “Everyone said he wouldn’t stay seven furlongs but I definitely thought he would.
“He has come to himself recently despite not getting his summer coat yet. The handicapper gave him a chance too, but he’s only just scrambled home.”
Paul Midgley sent out his second turf winner of the campaign as Dispol Kylie scored at the first time of asking in the Book Tickets Online Maiden Stakes.
Jamie Moriarty’s mount travelled up with the pace in the five-furlong dash and the 15-2 chance skipped clear to collect by two and three-quarter lengths.
Midgley said: “If any of my two-year-olds were going to win first time out it was going to be her. She has done everything right and has been a natural since day one.
“I am not sure what she has beat and it was probably a soft race for Doncaster, but we knew that beforehand.”
Northern Fling – one of two David Nicholls runners – came out on top at odds of 20-1 in the Urban-I Handicap, also over the minimum trip.
Michael Dods was another to field two runners in the same race and punters latched on to his Magic Echo, sending her off the 9-4 favourite in the Doncaster Conference Venue Fillies’ Handicap.
However, the four-year-old was picked off having made the running with Dods’ less-fancied Honorable Love (9-1) grinding it out down the centre of the track to deny She’s Our Lass by a length.
Dods said: “Magic Echo is a free-going sort so we let him make the running, but the other horse has stayed on better.
“She has done it nicely and 10 furlongs would be her trip.”
Michael Jarvis added to his winner at the track on Friday as Tasdeer sprinted clear to take the Bawtry Conditions Stakes as the even-money favourite.