Mayo boosts price at Yarmouth
The 'for sale' sign around the neck of Zack Mayo took a significant increase in price after he made it win number three for the season in the feature race at Yarmouth.
The son of Air Chief Marshal did not make it to the track as a two-year-old, but Charlie McBride's inmate continued to make up for lost time when he ground out a half-length victory in the Dan Hague, Yarmouth's Number 1 Bookmaker Handicap under champion-jockey-elect Silvestre de Sousa.
McBride said of 8-1 winner: "We had him last year as a backward two-year-old. He has done nothing but improve all year.
"It was good to firm at Ripon (when successful on his last start) but he was a bit green and was looking around a bit. We put some cheekpieces to keep him focused and that probably helped a bit.
"I've just put him in a three-year-old handicap over a mile and half at Newmarket in October so we will see about that.
"The idea was to sell him as a potential jumper but nobody has bought him. He is still available."
Ocean Temptress (11-2) could be in line for a quick return to the Norfolk track after showing the best of her battling abilities to get up by a head in the Moulton Nursery Of Acle Handicap.
Trainer John Ryan said: "That's what she likes – a straight track where she can jump and run.
"She is in (at Yarmouth) tomorrow. She is staying overnight and we will see how she walks out in the morning. She is 75 per cent to run again."
Philip Kirby was rewarded for the five-hour drive from his North Yorkshire base after Rayna's World (9-1) opened her account with a four-and-a-half-length success in the Vince Sullivan Memorial Nursery Handicap.
Kirby said: "She is a lovely filly and is big and scopey and will only get better.
"I think she will stay further than a mile in time but we will stick to that for now.
"We did it (the journey to Yarmouth) in about five hours but it will be shorter going back!"
Mutaaqeb (3-1 favourite) came from nearly last to first to make a winning debut under Jim Crowley in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Trainer Owen Burrows said: "He just missed it (the break) slightly and just got behind and was very green.
"He picked up nicely come the end and he liked the ground.
"I expect he will be out again seeing as he likes the soft ground."
Crowley book-ended the card when the Mark Johnston-trained Poet's Society made all the running in the concluding Wainwright Golden Ale Handicap.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Owen Burrows on debut winner Mutaaqeb: "Hannah Leech, the girl that looks after him, has done a very good job with him as he thought everybody was going to kill him – from when he was being broken, in all the way through."
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY
It remains to be seen what Seventii beat in the one-mile-three-furlong handicap but judged by her facile five-length success – a first victory in eight attempts – it would come as little surprise if trainer Robert Eddery turned her out again within the next few days.
RIDE OF THE DAY
Jack Osborn knew exactly what he had underneath him when Ocean Temptress landed the six-furlong handicap. Osborn had looked like a sitting duck after having gone off at a scorching pace, but the 7lb claimer showed plenty of strength to force the three-year-old home.
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