Carpenter delivers in opener

Master Carpenter is clear of his rivals at York

Review of the rest of the action from the opening day of the York Dante Festival where Master Carpenter won the opener.

Master Carpenter recaptured his best form as he bolted up in the Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap at York.

Winner of the John Smith's Cup in 2015, he has been without a win since then but having dropped in the handicap, Rod Millman's six-year-old took full advantage.

The 12-1 shot could be spotted travelling ominously well at the top of the straight and when Phil Makin pressed the button, he shot clear to beat Al Neksh by five lengths.

Oasis Fantasy bounced back to form in third, with front-running Awake My Soul in fourth.

Makin said: "He is such an honest horse, he has probably spent a lot of the time badly handicapped. I spoke to Rod before and he was very confident today with the rain, he likes the track and it felt quite impressive.

"It is soft, but they are going through it. Obviously we have had the best of it as it is fresh, but it is not holding at all.

"He is well enough handicapped now. We will see what happens but he certainly likes underfoot conditions."

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Danny Tudhope was glad of the rain as his original mount in the Infinity Tyres Handicap, Out Do, was taken out, allowing him to team up with eventual winner Al Qahwa.

Having his first run for David O'Meara since being bought out of Michael Halford's yard for just 18,000 guineas, he has already repaid connections a large proportion of that.

Sent off at 25/1, he looked booked for second when Muntadab went clear, but Al Qahwa found plenty to edge the verdict by a neck

Lincoln and Northgate Lad took minor honours.

Tudhope said: "It was his first run for us and, to be honest, we didn't know what to expect really. He has won on yielding ground before so we thought he would handle the ground, but we didn't know much about him.

"He idled a little bit when he got out, but he found a bit more and went through the ground nicely."

O'Meara added: "He had a bit of form on soft ground in Ireland last year and he was highly tried.

"The owners like having a runner here so we thought we would give him a try. We half-guessed he would handle the ground."

Whenever William Haggas books Ryan Moore, the hint is usually worth taking and that was the case with Battered, who claimed the Conundrum HR Consultancy Handicap.

The three-year-old was sent off the 4/1 favourite and despite slipping coming out of the stalls, he did not lose too much ground.

Moore still had plenty of horses in front of him two furlongs out, but he stayed on powerfully to win going away, despite colliding with Lualiwa, inside the final furlong.

Lualiwa just held off Starlight Romance for second.

It was a double on the day for Haggas after Tasleet's win in the Duke of York Stakes.

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