PASTEK ran a cracking race under co-owner/trainer/rider Martin Peaty to take the Men’s Open at Milborne St Andrew.
Peaty, a Dorset vet who was also on duty at the meeting, was considering retiring the 11-year-old gelding from race-riding after this season.
However, he said: “Pastek was full of himself, I couldn’t stop him pulling to the front and he loved it. I want him to do one more season, as my 16-year-old son will be able to ride then and that would be a fitting farewell.”
The consistent 4-5 favourite Rossmore Lad, second in his three outings between the flags to date, took a step up to win the Ladies’ Open under Claire Hart.
Trained by Richard Bandey, the winning mare sat third as Lion On The Prowl and Righteous Glory set a frantic pace.
As Righteous Glory faded, the winner joined Lion On The Prowl to settle down to battle six from home – he easily asserted and is certainly one to follow.
Harriet Brown’s Turtle Boys provided jockey Michael Legg with one of his three winners at the meeting in the PPORA Club Members’ race.
The gelding stayed on well, taking the lead three from home to win by two lengths from Alastair Ralph’s Hall Kelly.
Legg, 24, who is based at Colin Tizzard’s yard in Milborne Port, had a second win with Sparkling Miss in the 2m4f Open Maiden.
The 6-4 favourite mare prevailed by just half a length over Our Georgie Girl, ridden by another exciting young jockey, Josh Newman, who won the amateur riders’ four-miler at the Chelten-ham Festival earlier this month.
Legg’s final leg of his treble came in the Restricted with Carlos Gardel, from Sue Pop-ham’s in-form stable near Taunton.
The concluding three-mile Open Maiden was taken by Vic’s Moll, who was given a peach of a ride by Robbie Henderson to collar leader Sutton Storm and won by a length.
A well-supported charity flat race raised a sizeable sum in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and was won by paramedic Selina Shannon-Eyers, who gave Starstruck an ultra confident ride to win by just ¾ of a length from his rivals.
The winning rider received her trophy, a silver cup, from Naomi Elgar, whose own grandfather had been presented with it as a winning jockey in 1892.