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By Keith Hamer, Press Association Sport. Last Updated: 08/05/10 5:47pm
Sir Mark Prescott - won with Prescription.
Prescription justified the decision to keep her in training when she earned some valuable black type in the Weatherbys Bank Kilvington Fillies' Stakes at Nottingham.
Enjoying the rain-softened ground, the five-year-old mare had too many guns for the Group One winner Serious Attitude to take this Listed contest by half a length.
It was a rare early-season success for trainer Sir Mark Prescott, who usually hits top gear much later in the campaign.
"We wanted to train her to win some black type as she was just beaten for some last year," said Prescott.
"Mr and Mrs Thompson (owners) said if we thought we could win a black-type race we were to try.
"If she didn't go well in the spring they were going to cover her with Dutch Art.
"The rain helped our horse, but probably didn't help the runner-up and we had the rail too.
"I would think they won't cover her now and that she will race on through the year, but I'll have to talk to them about it.
"If we got similar conditions she might win again in this sort of company."
The 8-1 winner was the second leg of a 53-1 double for Seb Sanders, who had earlier struck on Hallstatt (5-1) in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap.
Sanders took John Mackie's four-year-old to the front two furlongs out and stayed on strongly to beat Red Wine by two and three-quarter lengths.
"At Doncaster over a mile and a half he just got outpaced and then stayed on again so we thought we'd try him over further," said Mackie.
"He's a grand little horse. I bought him out of a seller at Lingfield.
"He'd run twice over hurdles for Evan Williams who then dropped him into a seller."
The Roger Charlton-trained Folly Bridge (13-2) came with a powerful run under Richie Mullen inside the final furlong to take the Weatherbys bettrends.co.uk Handicap by a length and a quarter from Deacon Blues.
"She won second time out as a two-year-old at Salisbury, breaking the course record. Hopefully she'll keep progressing," said Tim Lane, racing manager for owner John Deer of Oakgrove Stud.
The well-backed 3-1 favourite Top Bid overcame a slow start to strike late under Graham Gibbons to take the Champagne Lanson Black Label N.V. Handicap for trainer Tim Easterby.
However, there was a sting in the tale for Gibbons who was banned one day (May 22) for careless riding.
Royal Straight (2-1 favourite) was another popular winner, storming home by six lengths in division one of the Champagne Lanson Rose NV Handicap for the top team of trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Paul Hanagan.
Division two went to the Tony Newcombe-trained Noah Jameel (16-1), who got home by a head in a blanket finish under Royston Ffrench.