Uncle delivers for Jefferson
Malcolm Jefferson saddled his first winner on the Flat since 2008 when Uncle Brit slogged through the mud at Ayr.
The Malton handler enjoyed a terrific National Hunt season and created his own little piece of history as both Cape Tribulation and Attaglance won at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.
Running in the first division of the Racing Post Form With totepool Mobile Handicap, Uncle Brit appreciated the rain that had fallen throughout the afternoon as the 7-2 chance beat Military Call by a length and a quarter under PJ McDonald.
“People were quick to tell me I hadn't had a Flat winner for a long time, but I've not had many runners,” said Jefferson.
“He likes cut in the ground and when they said it was going to rain I thought I may as well run him. He didn't get home over 10 furlongs last time he ran here and Tom Eaves told me to drop him in trip. He ran over a mile at Southwell last time out and he just ran into one there as the winner (For What) was in a different league.
“He's capable on his day at his own level. He tends to travel well and he did it pretty easy.
“We're capable if we get the right horses and I might run a few more on the Flat.
“Cape Tribulation and Attaglance have just come back in and I might give them a spin.
“I've another nice horse called Hi George and he's by Doyen who has been doing well — he could run on the Flat, too.”
The second division went to Mr Chocolate Drop (14-1), who was given a patient ride by Phillip Makin.
Tom Dascombe's string have struck form with a vengeance and 7-4 favourite Chosen Character followed up a win at Haydock on Friday night in the totepool Mobile Text tote To 89660 Handicap.
As Friday's race was for apprentices, he escaped a penalty for this assignment.
Natasha Eaton was again in the saddle and was good value for a length-and-three-quarters success.
Chosen Character has the chance of completing a hat-trick at Chepstow on Friday, should connections wish to turn him out again. Charlie Hills' One Word More was sent off at the prohibitive odds of 1-5 for the opening Bet toteplacepot Text Tote To 89660 EBF Maiden Stakes.
Having twice finished second at Newbury — the first time behind Saturday's impressive Ascot winner Toronado — his form was head and shoulders above anything else on offer here.
William Carson did not have to work too hard to win by two and a quarter lengths.