Jockey Tom Queally enjoyed a duo of winners during Doncaster’s seven-race meeting on Saturday.
The Irishman first steered Haxby to victory for trainer Roger Varian in the two-year-old maiden before landing the feature race aboard Brian Meehan’s horse Spark Plug.
Spark Plug looks a horse that’s going places after winning easily at Bath on debut before Doncaster. It wouldn’t be a surprise, given his handicap mark, if this son of Dylan Thomas rocked up at Royal Ascot in one of the many three-year-old-only handicaps.
Lady Cecil saw her horse Perfect Summer land the apprentice handicap under top weight. Ridden by Louis Steward, Perfect Summer was always well positioned and finished by a length-and-a-half after a run of three consecutive seconds.
Cosseted was an impressive winner of the ten-furlong fillies handicap for James Fanshawe and owners Cheveley Park Stud and the first time blinkers for Duke Cosimo worked a treat as he ran out a half-length winner of the six furlong handicap under Graham Gibbons.
There were two fantastic finishes on the evening though. The first came in another two-year-old maiden as Ella’s Delight just about caught the pace-setter Broadway Ranger under a perfectly-timed ride by Phillip Makin. As for trainer Martin Todhunter, this was a pleasant change of scenery as he is used to handling three-mile-chasers and not six-furlong Flat horses.
The final race of the day, however, produced an even better finish as recent course winner Basil Berry doubled-up for Chris Dwyer and Ben Curtis, just fending off the late strong run of Wilde Inspiration by a head, with a short head back to the third Captain Midnight.