Racing season ends in style
GREAT Yarmouth Racecourse celebrated the finale to the 2008 racing season with an appearance by Britain's most famous jockey.Frankie Dettori delighted the crowds, and was mobbed by children who had come to the racecourse during their school half-term holidays.
GREAT Yarmouth Racecourse celebrated the finale to the 2008 racing season with an appearance by Britain's most famous jockey.
Frankie Dettori delighted the crowds, and was mobbed by children who had come to the racecourse during their school half-term holidays.
And the Italian rider had good reason to feel pleased, having returned from America where he had ridden the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic at the weekend - Raven's Pass - a horse that won its very first race at Yarmouth Racecourse 15 months ago.
That wasn't the only Breeders' Cup winner with an east coast racing connection. The winner of the Juvenile Turf race - Donativum - had won his first race at Yarmouth only in August.
The school holiday crowds got their wish when Dettori rode the 6-4 favourite Al Marmoom to victory in the EBF/Moulton Nurseries, Sam and Steve Maiden Stakes.
Current champion jockey Jamie Spencer had got his afternoon off to a good start with victory on 9-2 chance Ricci De Mare in the opening Straightforwardsolutions.co.uk Selling Stakes.
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The 8-13 odds-on favourite Desert Creek won for the first time on only his second racecourse appearance in the Lounge At Andover House Boutique Hotel/EBF Maiden Stakes. The horse was ridden by Ryan Moore, who was also celebrating a winner at the Breeders' Cup in California.
Outsider Lovely Thought (16-1) took the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Nursery, while the 9-4 favourite My Mate Mal was victorious in the Weatherbys Printing Claiming Stakes.
Doric Lady won during the racecourse's Eastern Festival, and she did it again in the Great Yarmouth Glass Handicap at 10-1.
The final race of the year at the racecourse was the NWES Beacon Innovation Centre Handicap.
Best Prospect (4-1) took the honours under Jamie Spencer, who completed a double for the afternoon.
He wasn't the only one celebrating at the final fixture of the season. The parents of jockey Marc Halford - Tina and Colin - picked up a winning National Lottery cheque for more than £1.1 million in a presentation before racing began.