Pick of the paddock for the Homeserve Maiden Stakes was the Aiden O’Brien trained Sir Isaac Newton, with a purchase price of 3.6 million guineas the Galileo colt was backed down to 1/6 favourite. However local trainer Tom Dascombe explained after Cymro, sent off at 8/1 beat the hot shot by three quarters of a length: “one of my head lads said this horse was the certainty of the week, he was spot on and we’ve defied gravity!”
Winning jockey Richard Kingscote added: “He’s game and travelled well; he liked the ground. Every time I asked him, he gave more.” Niqnaaqpaadiwaaq pulled in the early stages and was the pace-setter, tracked by Champagne Bob. Both the winner and the second horse pulled wide into the straight and battled for the line in an exciting finish, with the hard fought advantage justifying the glorious uncertainty of horse racing.
25/1 outsider Silvanus galloped like a train to make all and land The Merseyrail Day Saver Ticket Conditions Stakes by one and a quarter lengths and provide jockey Graham Lee with a double. Trainer Paul Midgley explained: “I said if he jumps well don’t be afraid to make it. We bought him out of a claimer and he doesn’t owe us a penny. We had no right to win this but it turned out alright. He’s in the Epsom Dash and that will be his target.”
Day one concluded with the Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation Handicap Stakes and a win for 11/1 chance Not Never ridden by Graham Gibbons. Gibbons went on three-furlongs from home and galloped clear of his rivals to score by five-lengths. Attendance on day one of the meeting was 14,845, slightly up on last year.