Silver standard from D’bai
A review of the action from Pontefract on Monday, where D'Bai struck for Godolphin in the feature EBF Stallions Totesport Silver Tankard.
No sign of jetlag – Will Buick struck for Godolphin at Pontefract on Monday.
Those who took the hint that William Buick was rushing back from Canada to Pontefract were rewarded as D'bai landed the feature EBF Stallions Totesport.com Silver Tankard Stakes.
Buick was in action at Woodbine on Sunday evening riding The Queen's Dartmouth to finish second in the Canadian International.
Flying through the night to get to West Yorkshire on time, Buick showed no signs of jet lag on the Charlie Appleby-trained juvenile, who finished third in the Group Two Champagne Stakes on his previous outing.
He looked to be travelling well in behind the leaders turning into the straight but Buick needed to make room for himself and gave Reachforthestars a nudge to create a gap.
Once in the clear he looked set to win impressively before Al Hamdany closed rapidly and the two got close together before the 9/4 favourite held on to win by a head.
Buick said: "He did well, it's quite heavy ground for two-year-olds which makes it hard work. Charlie thinks quite a bit of him and he's come on from his run in the Champagne.
"He's a nice horse and that was a good performance, he stuck his neck out.
"It's hard to judge him on that performance, they were a fair way clear of the third, but I didn't want to be too hard on him."
Champion apprentice Josephine Gordon beat champion jockey Jim Crowley in the totepoolracing Win Tickets On Facebook Maiden Stakes.
Riding Timekeeping, her first mount in the Godolphin colours, she was hard at work from some way out but caught Crowley on Admiral's Sunset inside the final furlong before pulling clear to win by three and three-quarter lengths on Saeed bin Suroor's three-year-old.
"I was told that he would just keep galloping, so I was at pains not to let Jim get too far in front of me," said Gordon.
"It's nice to ride a winner for Godolphin."
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Oriental Fox (11/2), second in last year's Cesarewitch, returned to winning ways in the totepool Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes under Joe Fanning.
The race looked a good opportunity for odds-on favourite Burmese, but Marcus Tregoning's charge never looked likely to catch the three-length winner after Fanning kicked on around the home turn.
Deirdre Johnston, wife of winning trainer Mark, said: "I just told Joe to ride it as he found it.
"We knew he'd stay, he goes on the ground and it's great he's won again."
Ralph Beckett's Mount Moriah (100/30 joint-favourite) had to survive a stewards' inquiry and the late thrust of Silver Link to gain a second career victory in the Bet toteplacepot At totesport.com Nursery Handicap.
"It's nice he's won again this year before the season finished," said jockey Fran Berry.
"I'm surprised how inexperienced he still is for his fifth run. He possibly spotted the gate on the other side of the track and went for that or he'd have won much easier.
"He'll be a lovely handicapper over a mile and a half next season, he'll have some fun early on when there's give in the ground. He's still a big baby, the penny hasn't dropped yet."
Richard Fahey's Lucky Mistake finally opened his account at the seventh time of asking in the Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Maiden Auction Stakes.
Second four times previously, his resolution had been called into question by some but he put those thoughts to bed by holding off the odds-on favourite Benjamin Thomas by a head.
Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan said: "When a horse finishes second a few times they get called names, but there's nothing ungenuine about him.
"He was actually bought by accident, that's how he got his name, he's owned by a few pals of Richard.
"He's game and Tony (Hamilton) gave him a fine ride."
"What can you say after a performance like that?" said Tate. "She's very tough and consistent, but she must have soft ground to be at her best.
"It's probably time we started thinking of breeding from her, that five she's won now and she's from an Aga Khan family so she's well-bred."
The second division of the 10-furlong handicap went in some style to Bahama Moon.
Well backed throughout the day, Graham Gibbons was always in control aboard David Barron's four-year-old, who was sent off the 5/2 favourite.
"He must have soft ground and he got it today," said Barron.
The final race at Pontefract in 2016, the totepoolracing Fund Us On Instagram Handicap, went to Ruth Carr's Cosmic Chatter (12/1) to give Sullivan a double.
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