Burnett wins EBF Maiden Stakes at Newcastle

Godolphin may have endured a pretty miserable start to the season but as Burnett provided them with yet another winner at Newcastle they will not want it to end.

Godolphin may have endured a pretty miserable start to the season but as Burnett provided them with yet another winner at Newcastle they will not want it to end.

With Moonlife also on the mark at Leicester, trainer Saeed bin Suroor notched up a century of winners for the first time since 2004.

The EBF Maiden Stakes may not have taken much winning but Ted Durcan's mount, an 11-4 chance, was not extended to win by four lengths.

Burnett was a 50th juvenile winner for the stable and the 39th individual youngster to get on the score sheet and Durcan, riding at the top of his form said: "He quickened up well even though the ground is a bit softer than he really wants, he loves to hear his hooves rattle.

"He has not had a hard race and he will strengthen up over the winter and he is a nice horse in the making."

Irish apprentice Martin Lane's decision to pursue a career in Britain is paying off and he again showed why with cracking ride on Rae Guest's 20-1 chance Zelos Diktator who made all in the Win A 308 CC Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Lane came over to join Karl Burke, who is now serving a suspension.

"That is my second ride and my first winner for Mr Guest and I must admit it was a bit of a surprise," said Lane.

"I thought Ted (Durcan, on Astrodiva) was going to get us but my fellow kept on pulling out more and he has done it well.

"I rode only three winners in Ireland last season and things were tough so I decided to try my luck over here and things have gone really well.

"I have had 23 winners now and hopefully I will have a few more before the season ends and I will definitely stay riding over here next year."

Frederik Tylicki narrowed the gap between himself and David Probert in the apprentice championship race to just one when bringing Viva Volta home in front in the second division of the Dales Broadcast Television Facility Handicap.

Viva Volta is trained by Alistair Whillans who is enjoying his best season on the Flat with seven winners from only six horses.

"We were a bit worried about dropping him back in trip (to six furlongs from seven) but we were struggling to find a race for him and he does like Newcastle," said Whillans.

"He is in again at Catterick on Saturday and that is over seven furlongs, but he does go well when fresh so we will have to see."

There was plenty of stable confidence behind the chance of Misplaced Fortune (8-1) in the first division and with apprentice Louis-Philippe Beuzelin on board she delivered the goods in game fashion.

Trainer Nigel Tinkler was at the Sales but his wife, Kim, said: "We thought she was a certainty after she worked with Webbow the other day, but you are always a bit worried when the runners split into two.

"She just likes something to race with and we might give her another run this season, but I think she will be better next year."

Kelly Harrison must be one of the most travelled jockeys in the weighing room and her relentless pursuit of success reaped another winner when she landed the 3008 Launch Handicap on Unawatuna

The victory gave trainer Kate Walton an across the card double after she had earlier been on the mark at Huntingdon with Stopped Out.

John Gosden's Deirdre (9-4) defied a drift in the betting but she belied any doubts there might have been with a convincing all the way success in the hands of Jimmy Fortune.

"She did it nicely, she is very professional, we kept stepping it up in the final four furlongs and she has come on from Kempton (her first run)," said Fortune.

"I think they will definitely put her away for the season now and she will get further next year."

In the finale Richard Fahey's wife Vicky missed a winner on Rossini's Dancer after she complained of feeling unwell, Phillipa Tutty stepped in on the 13-2 chance.

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