Layers rejoice in Bravery
Bookmakers were left to thank their lucky stars as Bravery prevented a massive payout when he denied the Ryan Moore-ridden Oh This Is Us in the Betway Lincoln at Doncaster.
Moore had won the first three races on the first day of the Flat turf season and his mount in the main event was heavily backed into 7-2 favouritism.
But the brilliant jockey had to make do with second spot on the Richard Hannon-trained Oh This Is Us, who succumbed by just a neck to Bravery, who was fourth in last season' s Irish 2000 Guineas when trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Now in the care of David O'Meara, the four-year-old colt benefited from an inspired Danny Tudhope ride as the jockey made the bold move of switching from his high draw of 20 to go right across to the favoured far side.
O'Meara said: "I thought it was a fantastic ride. After the Spring Mile, Danny said he was going to bite the bullet and take him over to the far side.
"His owner isn't here so I'll have a chat with him before mentioning targets, hopefully we can go back up in class.
"At #44,000, he looks a good buy."
The rest of the card belonged to Moore as he swept up the first three races at accumulative odds of 575-1.
Tupi, trained by Richard Hannon, got the ball rolling with a clear-cut success in the Betway Cammidge Trophy and could now head to York next month.
Moore then teamed up with Sir Michael Stoute on Ballet Concerto, who defied top weight in the consolation race for the Lincoln, the Betway Spring Mile.
The jockey later produced the Hannon-trained Kool Kompany fast and late to grab the Listed Betway Doncaster Mile from Stormy Antarctic.
Hannon said of the latter: "The Group Two at Sandown (bet365 Mile) looks the next obvious race as we'll build backwards from the Queen Anne (Royal Ascot) and the Lockinge, too."
Absolute Blast gave up-and-coming trainer Archie Watson a notable success when the mare claimed Listed honours in the Betfred Mobile Magnolia Stakes at Kempton.
The Upper Lambourn handler has grand plans, saying: "All being well, we will go to the Easter Classic at Lingfield on Good Friday.
"There is also the Princess Elizabeth at Epsom and a couple of races in Ireland.
"But the way she has been running on these tight all-weather tracks over the winter, if she takes to the turf in the same way I would like to think she could be filly for North America in the autumn."
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