Mariachi the Man at Ripon

Tim Easterby's Mariachi Man could be set for a step up in class after coming home in splendid isolation in Division One of the Mike Burton Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes at Ripon today.

Tim Easterby's Mariachi Man could be set for a step up in class after coming home in splendid isolation in Division One of the Mike Burton Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes at Ripon today.

The opening contest was delayed for 25 minutes due to a shortage of ambulances but the hold-up did not affect the Haafhd colt.

Despite being one of only two runners to race on the far side of the track, he came home three and a half lengths clear of the 4-1 joint-favourites Intrusion and Fieldgunner Kirkup.

The 5-1 winner was well backed and his success was not a surprise to Easterby.

"He's a very nice horse, he went over to the far side of his own accord really as he's still so green," said the handler.

"We just gave him plenty of time to get over his debut and he could be very good."

Winning jockey David Allan added: "It's nice when you look up and see you are a few lengths clear but while the ground is quicker over there, he was a good deal better than them."

Easterby and Allan soon doubled up with 3-1 favourite Emerald Glade in the SIS Live Handicap.

A winner at Carlisle 12 days ago, she was still carrying bottom weight.

Aegean Destiny made a bold bid but drifted into the middle of the track allowing Allan to make his run up the rail and come away to win by two lengths.

"That's a nice start to the day and I'm certainly not complaining," said Allan.

"She did the same at Carlisle, she made hard work of it that day too so she's still improving."

Easterby added: "The main problem with her is the stalls, getting her in and out is half the battle. I don't think she minds any ground."

Paul Hanagan is continuing to set a red-hot pace at the top of the jockey's championship and had another winner courtesy of Mayson in the Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes.

Richard Fahey's youngster had finished a creditable fourth in the Molecomb at Goodwood on his last start and found the drop in grade to his liking.

Sent off the 5-4 favourite he was the first under pressure but found plenty to beat solid yardstick Chilworth Lad by half a length.

"The first thing I told the owner was that he found it really hard work in the tacky ground," said Hanagan.

"It's really hard for these young horses out there. He was unlucky at Goodwood so he deserved this."

Robin O'Ryan, Fahey's assistant, said: "He's in the (Julia Graves) Roses Stakes next week so we'll see how he comes out of this."

Damika gave the Yorkshire crowd something to cheer by lifting the William Hill Great St Wilfrid, beating hot-favourite Tajneed in the process.

Trained just down the road at Scarcroft, near Leeds, the seven-year-old was given a cool ride by young Michael Stainton

Adrian Nicholls had former winner Tajneed to the fore throughout on the favoured far side but never quite shook off the attentions of his pursuers.

To his credit he kept finding more but Damika came with a sustained run to win by a neck from Signor Peltro and Rileyskeepingfaith, placed in yet another big sprint.

"To win a big race on your doorstep is great, it means so much more," said trainer Richard Whitaker.

"I quite fancied him, he ran well last time but the ground was too fast, I was doing a rain dance last night and it worked. We'll head for the Ayr Gold Cup now."

Stainton added: "I gradually built him up and he always finds something. He's raced against Tajneed plenty so he deserved his day today. This is my biggest win and I'll celebrate it tonight."

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