Captain Cat (noseband) comes from near last to win the MilePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Doyle keeps his nerve to pounce on Captain Cat
Report: Lingfield, Good Friday
Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2), 1m AW 4yo+
THERE may be £1 million at stake on all-weather championships day but jockey James Doyle showed a nerve well suited for the big occasion when bringing Captain Cat from way out the back to win the Mile at 4-1.
Doyle, who is due to ride odds-on favourite Kingman in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas next month, was 11th of the 12 runners turning into the home straight.
By that stage the field had bunched up behind Frontier Fighter and once Doyle engaged top gear on his mount the victory was smoothly achieved for owner Barry Hurley and trainer Roger Charlton.
Doyle said: "He's quite a character who has got his traits but he has a lot of ability. He's starting to get his act together.
"This is a fantastic day. I've been in Dubai for a lot of the winter so missed the racing here but it's great to have a day like this with good prize-money and super horses."
Harry Charlton, so n of the trainer, said: "He could have run in the Lincoln and then come here but as soon as the ground was gone he was never going to run at Doncaster.
"His form has improved massively on the all-weather."
Alben Star (near) dets to Trinityelitedotcom just in time to land the SprintPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Also on Good Friday
Lingfield: bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2), 6f AW 4yo+
MICHAEL OWEN will know the feeling all too well but this time was on the receiving end of a late, late sucker punch as Alben Star overhauled the former England footballer's runner Trinityelitedotcom to snare the Sprint.
Owen was on hand to see Trinityelitedotcom seemingly secure a winning advantage late into the home straight only for his run to peter out as rapidly as Alben Star came rushing up to, and by, in the last few yards.
It was in 2009 when Owen scored a memorable 95th-minute winner for Manchester United in the derby with City, but this time he was the one to suffer along with the majority of punters as Alben Star returned at 25-1.
Winning trainer Richard Fahey said: "We have a new vet in the yard who gave him a bit of help the other day and he worked brilliantly last week.
"I told Paul he had a big chance. This was a huge day for him. The handicapper will probably kill him but he will go in all the big sprint handicaps."
Litigant (front and centre) rounds the final bend in the MarathonPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)