Rosie blooms under Hornby

Rosie Briar tenaciously stuck to her guns to cause an upset in the Scott Dobson 30th Birthday Memorial Doncaster Stakes.

Rosie Briar ridden by Rob Hornby

Andrew Balding's filly shaped with plenty of encouragement on her Windsor debut in June and confirmed that promise with a maiden success at Haydock last month.

However, stepped up to Listed class, the daughter of Mayson had plenty to find with several of her rivals on official rivals and she was a 20-1 shot under talented apprentice Rob Hornby.

Never far off the pace, Rosie Briar battled her way to the front shortly after passing halfway and refused to bend in the last of six furlongs, seeing off Tomily by half a length.

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"That was very good and it was very nice of Andrew and the owners to leave my on her, as I couldn't use my claim with it being a Listed race," said Hornby.

"We've always liked her at home and although there's not a lot of her, she tries her heart out. I was quietly confident.

"There's slight ease in the ground, which suits her, and she toughed it out well.

"She has a lot of early speed and it's always nice to now you've got the gears to go through if you need them."

The hat-trick-seeking 2-1 favourite Comedy School was under pressure from an early stage and never threatened to land a telling blow.

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