A review of the pick of the rest of the action from Doncaster
Last Updated: September 11, 2013 5:59pm
Lightning Thunder (left) digs in to take the Conditions Stakes
Doncaster racegoers were able to shout home a Yorkshire-trained winner in the first race of the 2013 Ladbrokes St Leger meeting as James Bethell's Braidley produced a most impressive display.
With a Catterick maiden win sandwiched by two fine placed efforts, the Dylan Thomas colt was a 9/1 shot for the Arena Group Nursery and moved into contention ominously in the hands of Ted Durcan.
Once popped the question, Braidley swiftly left his rivals trailing in his wake and galloped all the way to the line to score by three and a quarter lengths.
Master Carpenter and Jazz were second and third respectively.
Middleham-based Bethell said: "He ran a bit keen over a mile at Newcastle last time when he was second to Mark Johnston's horse (Stars Over The Sea), which is why we brought him back to seven furlongs.
"Ted said he'll stay a mile standing on his head and I actually think he'd prefer faster ground than this as he's a nice-moving horse. Hopefully we'll go onwards and upwards from here. We'll wait for the big offer to come in!"
Lightning Thunder (5/2) emerged triumphant after a pulsating three-way finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes.
The Olly Stevens-trained Newbury maiden winner was the first to commit of the trio still in with a chance entering the last of six furlongs, but she was unable to fully stamp her authority.
Justice Day (9/4) and Ryan Moore firstly came alongside, and then Richard Hughes produced 2/1 favourite Expert with what looked like a winning run. But Lightning Thunder stuck on gamely under Harry Bentley to defeat the former by a short head, with Expert a further head away in third.
Former champion jockey Kevin Darley, representing winning part-owners Pearl Bloodstock, said: "She won well at Newbury and she's a nice, progressive filly. It was a bit of a messy race and it's never easy going into a race like this.
"Harry played his hand first and needed her to battle back,and she did. She showed she's a battler and she has the right attitude. We'll see what's left for her this year. It will be up to the boss where she goes."
Godolphin runner Out Of Bounds (11/4) made an excellent start to life in Britain with a fine galloping display in the Park Hill Hospital Conditions Stakes under Silvestre de Sousa.
Making his first appearance since being placed in a Meydan handicap in early March, the imposing chestnut handled conditions with aplomb and was good value for his half-length victory over even-money favourite Gatewood.
Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "I am very happy with him. He ran on dirt in America, Tapeta in Dubai, and he has handled soft ground well. We have given him time and physically he has improved. I think he will be better for the race. There is no plan for him, but we will look for a better race."
David Simcock's Breton Rock (12/1) bounced back to form to take top honours in the Beauty At Doncaster Handicap.
Simcock's wife, Jennie, said: "That was really good and he loves this ground. We gelded him since his last run at Goodwood and he's had a few lessons in the stalls as well. There is a race at Newbury next week for him, so we'll have a look at that."
William Buick, who had won the feature aboard Justineo, doubled up in the concluding Berendsen Workwear Handicap with 7/1 chance Sir Pedro.