Doncaster racegoers were able to shout home a Yorkshire-trained winner in the first race of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting as James Bethell’s Braidley produced an impressive display.
With a Catterick maiden win sandwiched by two fine placed efforts, the Dylan Thomas colt was a 9-1 shot for the Arena Group Nursery and moved into contention ominously in the hands of Ted Durcan. Once popped the question, Braidley swiftly left his rivals trailing in his wake and galloped to the line to score by three-and-a- quarter lengths.
Master Carpenter and Jazz were second and third respectively.
Middleham-based Bethell said: “He ran a bit keen over a mile at Newcastle last time when he was second to Mark Johnston’s horse (Stars Over The Sea), which is why we brought him back to seven furlongs.
“Ted said he’ll stay a mile standing on his head and I actually think he’d prefer faster ground than this as he’s a nice-moving horse.”
Lightning Thunder (5-2) emerged triumphant after a pulsating three-way finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes. Justineo put up a game front-running performance to take the Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes. Roger Varian’s four-year-old, third in Goodwood’s King George Stakes on his last start, blazed the trail from the second the stalls open under a forceful ride from William Buick.