Impending motherhood brought about a pleasant change of fortunes for Instructress as she collected the second victory of her career at Lingfield.
Part of the credit for her 16-1 triumph in the toteplacepot Lady Riders’ Handicap must go to jockey Alice Mills, who looked one of the most skilled competitors here and judged the pace of the five-furlong dash with aplomb.
Eventual runner-up Papageno led for much of the way but Mills nudged Robert Cowell’s mare in front with a furlong remaining and came three lengths clear.
“Robert’s in Dubai and he just hoped she would do her best as she’s in foal,” said Mills.
“It was a spare ride, and that’s my first on the Flat, while I’ve had one over hurdles.
“I wouldn’t mind taking out an apprentice or conditional licence out during the summer.”
Mills could be an underrated talent, as her only other winner was a 100-1 shot, Tayarat, at Ludlow in February.
Paul Cole’s son Oliver was in little doubt about what had caused Flashbang (4-1) to leave her two previous efforts in 2012 far behind in the totequickpick Fillies’ Handicap.
Silvestre’de Sousa once again advertised his artistry from the front and the gamble on Big Wave went awry as the 13-8 favourite could only get within two and three-quarter lengths of Flashbang.
“I think it’s for all to see that we’ve put the blinkers on her,” said Cole junior.
“She ran well first time this year and we thought she’d win the next time, but she didn’t quite go through with it.
“That was much better, and you’d like to think she could go and do it again.”
Patrick Chamings was delighted the meeting had been transferred to the Polytrack from a waterlogged Folkestone as it enabled Aye Aye Digby to take the Mirror Punters Club Claiming Stakes with the minimum of fuss.
Clear best of the five runners on ratings and back from a winter break, the even-money favourite despatched his rivals by four and a half lengths under a motionless George Baker.
"He loathes soft ground, so Folkestone would have been no good for him," said Basingstoke-based Chamings.
"A race I’ve had in mind is a race they’ve called a veterans’ sprint at Goodwood on May 26 for six-year-olds upwards."
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