Photo gallery: Damascene helps continue Martin Harley’s rehabilitation at Yarmouth
06:30 04 July 2014
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A few weeks after being named stable jockey to Marco Botti, Martin Harley suffered serious injuries at Lingfield. Less than a month ago, fully fit, he returned to riding and has since quickly made up for lost time.
His trip to Great Yarmouth yesterday saw him record a 37/1 treble clinched with victory in the feature race on Damascene.
“It’s my first treble since I was at Bath and riding as an apprentice; and that was a long, long time ago,” said a delighted Harley. “But I’ve always liked coming here and have had plenty of winners over the years,” he added.
Damascene was always handily placed and the Irishman pushed the colt clear to land the £5,000 handicap with favourite Derbyshire, a winner at the course last time, never looking a threat.
Harley had completed his double with victory in the five-furlong sprint on trainer Martin Bosley’s mare, Burnt Cream.
Harley knew the seven-year-old mare was temperamental, the trainer having said that she was never galloped at home, just turned out in the loose school.
Burnt Cream always had the leaders in her sights and when he asked to win the race did so easily at 9/1.
Punters had made a good start when Fanciful Angel, under Harley, at 11/10, won the opening maiden as a favourite should.
Botti’s grey colt was third behind Godolphin’s highly-rated Epithet on debut at Newmarket a fortnight ago and took it up a furlong out from frontrunner Midlander.
Kieren Fallon had only one ride and made that a winning one when he got 15/8 favourite Desert Ranger home in the seven-furlong handicap.
The James Tate colt missed the break and didn’t settle but two furlongs out he drew alongside Saskia’s Dream and pulled away for a comfortable success, Fallon steering his mount down the favoured centre of the course.
Like Fallon, Martin Dwyer also had just one ride and on the oddly-named Beakers N Num Nums he won the 10-furlong handicap for trainer William Jarvis at 7/4.
Trainer Chris Dwyer’s Baileys Pursuit was third at the track three weeks ago and under Andrea Atzeni returned to win the seller.
The 7/2 filly looked as if she would be threatened when Hayley Turner switched favourite Ho Yam Lay a furlong out but Baileys Pursuit held off the challenge. The filly was bought in for £5,000.
The finale saw four apprentices have their moment in the sun, literally in the ’Hands and Heels Series’ of races over 12 furlongs. Honours went to Epsom-based Fulham supporter Tomas Harrigan, who having his seventh ride in public made it a first winning one on Gay Kelleway’s top weight Layline, returned at 9/4.