Eagle Creek impresses for Crisford in decent maiden
Eagle Creek looked a potentially smart recruit when justifying favouritism in great style in what looked a decent mile maiden by all-weather standards.
Simon Crisford's Raven's Pass colt, who carries the Postponed colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, had no trouble getting to the front from stall ten and came right away in the straight to score eased down by six lengths from Mathix, his closest market rival.
Andrea Atzeni, who is looking forward to riding favourite Ennaadd in Good Friday's Sunbets All Weather Mile Championships, was delighted with him and said: "He's very straightforward and he jumped well.
"I'd have been happy to take a lead but he enjoyed himself in front and picked up really well. He was always going to be a better horse as a three-year-old."
Nicely timed winner
Archie Watson was at Doncaster for the breeze-ups and so missed his first two-year-old winner of the season.
However, impressive three-and-a-half-length winner Corinthia Knight could not have timed it much better for the stable or for vendors of juveniles by first-season sire Society Rock.
Partner Clare Short said: "Archie has a couple to buy and a couple are being bought to come to us. Hopefully this will help as everyone's watching."
She added: "He's our first two-year-old winner of the year and we liked him from the start. We bought him ourselves and then [owners] Ontoawinner came in. They are a brilliant team for a new trainer to have.
"We had our first runners last October and had four winners, and Corinthia Knight takes us to 13."
Close but no cigar
Mick Appleby moved to within one winner of the top of the all-weather trainers' table thanks to Viewpoint's selling success, and while he fears Mark Johnston will have too much ammunition over the last three days he is more than happy with where he is.
He said: "We moved yards to Oakham in December and only had one winner that month, so I never expected to get so close."
Back where he started
Apprentice Callum Shepherd rode his first winner since he returned to Charlie Hills when Angel Of Darkness got up late to collar Lady Cristal in the 6f handicap, in which odds-on Team Meeting was only third.
The jockey said: "I started with Charlie and rode a winner for him, then went north and joined Brian Ellison. I had another winner for the stable on a spare ride last year and came back down again after we got talking.
"It can be difficult when your claim is down to 3lb and it's great to get the support from him on horses owned by the likes of Highclere."
Easy for her to say . . .
"He was gelded over the winter for no other reason than he'll never need them now. You are better off without them if you don't need them."
Maureen Haggas on first-race runner-up Mathix
Short but sweet
Frankie Dettori made a first visit to Lingfield this year a winning one when Al Shaqab's Alkhor, the second of only two rides, took the 6f handicap. On Good Friday, when the championships are run, Dettori is scheduled to be at Newcastle.
Thought for the day
The school holidays and decent weather brought a lively crowd to Lingfield, but nothing like we will see on Good Friday, when it will be standing room only.