Tropical Strait put up a game performance to hold The Betchworth Kid in the £2m (€2.4m) totescoop6 November Handicap at Doncaster.
David Arbuthnot’s charge had mystified his trainer with a poor performance on the same course in September but bounced back to take the feature race on the final day of the turf season.
Neither trainer nor jockey Martin Dwyer had been concerned about the horse’s wide draw as they felt the runners would come down the centre of the course.
And so it proved, with the 20-1 chance holding off The Betchworth Kid, the 9-2 favourite, and Hayley Turner in a driving finish by half a length.
Arbuthnot said: “We were bitterly disappointed last time, there was no explanation for it. He didn’t fire, but he’d had two quick races before that race and it possibly came too quick. He’s had a nice rest.
“Martin gave him a beautiful ride. I wasn’t too worried about the draw as I knew they wouldn’t stay on the rail. It negates it, but the only time I was worried was when they came across. Martin had plenty of horse underneath him.”
Tropical Strait had finished second to All The Good in the rearranged Ebor at Newbury, and Arbuthnot went on: “He won’t run again this season. We won’t go hurdling with him yet. We’ll probably try for the Ebor again next year.”
Owner-breeder George Ward added: “I’ve just had a heart operation so the last furlong was a bit tough. I was getting excited.”
Turner had earlier partnered Icelandic (11-1) to an impressive victory in the Listed totesportgames.com Wentworth Stakes.
Frank Sheridan’s charge was still cantering a furlong out as the front-running Welsh Emperor started to run out of steam.
Turner just had to bide her time aboard the winner and when she pressed the button half a furlong from home, the response was immediate and he was not hard-pushed to hold Against The Grain by two and a half lengths.
Sheridan, who is based near Market Drayton and hopes to make his recent move from Italy permanent, said: “I’ve been dying to run him over six furlongs and Hayley gave him a peach of a ride.
“That’s probably it for him this year. Hopefully I’ll get my full licence on the 26th. I came back here in August on a 90-day licence.”
Kirsty Milczarek denied David Probert outright victory in the apprentice title with a narrow success on Misphire in the Mollart Cox Apprentice Handicap.
Probert, 19, had looked like getting the win he needed on his only ride to defeat William Buick when striking the front on Cornus.
However, Milczarek brought the Michael Dods-trained 20-1 shot to get up close home and beat Cornus by three-quarters of a length.
However, Probert was referred to the BHA under the totting-up procedure for his ride on Cornus, having been banned for 25 days for riding offences in the previous 12 months.
Milczarek was banned for one day (November 22) for careless riding.
Harry Patch, named after the sole surviving veteran from the First World War, was an appropriate winner on the eve of Remembrance Sunday in the totesport.com Nursery.
The gelding followed up his Nottingham debut victory in good style, leading a furlong out under Philip Robinson and keeping on strongly to beat Kingswinford by a length and a quarter.
He was bought cheaply by trainer Michael Jarvis as a present for his wife, Gay.
“He’s a big horse and I’ll give him chance to strengthen up. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him this time,” said Jarvis.
Kevin Ryan hit the 100-winner mark for the campaign at Musselburgh on Friday and his good run continued as Darryll Holland steered Les Fazzani (7-2 favourite) to a cosy success in the totesportcasino.com EBF Gillies Fillies’ Stakes.
Ryan recently inherited the filly from Mark Wallace who has now gone to Australia, and said: “She’s a great addition to the yard. Mark’s a good friend of mine.
“There’s a Listed race at Lingfield coming up, but we’ll see how she comes out of this and there’s a good campaign for her next year.”
Dynamo Dane (10-1) boosted his chances of being sold when getting off the mark in the totesport betXtra EBF Maiden Stakes.
James Given’s youngster was never far off the pace under Tom Queally and scored by a length and a quarter from Al Qeddaaf.
“We were going to sell him a week or so ago, but he was out of sorts so he didn’t go to the Sales. He’s done himself a favour now and he’s a striking looking horse,” said Given.
Invincible Force (33-1) gave Merseyside trainer Paul Green his seasonal target of 12 winners by holding off Barney McGrew by a head to take the totesportbingo.com Handicap.