With 205 wins in Group One races and a Melbourne Cup already to his credit, Australian jockey Greg Hall yesterday reached another career milestone in a two-year-old maiden race at Nottingham. Partnering the Mick Channon-trained Dayglow Dancer, Hall was registering his first win in Britain.
Afterwards, the jockey revealed: "It was a dream as a kid and, all of a sudden, here I am riding out at Newmarket. The feeling's still there and it's just great riding a winner in this country."
At Kempton, there was a rather less happy reaction for trainer Lady Herries and her apprentice rider Del Wallace after Flight Sequence had contested the opening race on the card, a seven-furlong maiden race. Finishing unplaced, the four-year-old, her titled trainer and jockey all fell foul of the new "non-triers" rules after the stewards had noted Wallace's apparent tender handling of the filly in the closing stages.
At the subsequent inquiry, the apprentice rider stated that his instructions were to hold the filly up if she got tired, which was confirmed by Lady Herries's representative Maxine Cowdrey.
Wallace was banned for five days (from 3 to 7 May), while Lady Herries was fined £750 and Flight Sequence herself was banned for 30 days (26 April to 25 May).