Chichester trainer Steve Woodman got off the mark for 2014 when Chevise put in a determined run to snatch the Bookmakers.co.uk Sprint Series Round One Handicap at Lingfield Park yesterday at 20-1.
The six-year-old Holy Roman Emperor mare came from behind close to home in the six furlong race to win by a neck under a good ride from Andrea Atzeni, his second on Chevise.
The mare has been trained at Parkers Barn Stables, Lavant by Steve Woodman since March 2011. She has been a frustrating horse, with prolific places to her credit- but this was only her third win in that time, and well deserved. Her last victory had also been at Lingfield on the all-weather in March last year, again by a neck.
She was blinkered for the first time yesterday, rather than running in her usual cheek pieces, and this could have contributed to the victory..
Another highlight at the meeting came when the Mick Easterby-trained Perfect Pasture completed a six-timer in the six-furlong handicap under Adam Kirby. The 11-4 joint-favourite was two lengths clear of Rivellino (11-4jf) in what proved to be an easy victory.
Newmarket trainer David Simcock enjoyed a good double at the meeting, initiated when Fractal with Martin Lane aboard won the 32Red Maiden Stakes Division II over one mile two furlongs, beating odds-on favourite Anglo Irish by a neck.
The second win came when Jamie Spencer rode 9-2 shot Castilo Del Diablo to another neck victory, defeating favourite Modernstone by a neck in the Coral.co.uk handicap.
Indian Jack, a 5-1 shot, won virtually on the line to give trainer Ed Walker and jockey Luke Morris a win virtually on the line in the one-mile handicap.