CARTMEL trainer James Moffatt got the first win on his home track in five years when his mare Bollin Dolly won the opening race of Bank Holiday Monday’s card.
The 13-2 shot made a winning hurdling bow in the Scott Partnership Supports Calvert Trust Novices Selling Hurdle, proving far too good in the closing stages for the David Pipe-raider Cabora.
Connections retained Bollin Dolly, who won a Hamilton claimer on the Flat last month, without a bid at the auction.
“I was absolutely made-up with her win,” said Mr Moffatt.
“I’ve had 30 placings since my last win at Cartmel, including losing by five short heads, so it means a lot to me to win here again.”
Mr Moffatt added that he will look at running Bollin Dolly in an amateur event in the next few weeks.
On Saturday evening Irish trainer John Cullen saddled his first ever winner when Gray Hession landed an impressive success in the Sticky Toffee Pudding Novices Hurdle.
Donald McCain, trainer of An Capall Mor, appeared to have a strong team on show, but had to wait for the sixth race for a winner when Sud Pacifique squeezed home in the finish of the night to the North West Evening Mail Maiden Hurdle.
A three-times winner on the Flat for Jeremy Noseda last year, Sud Pacifique was always close to the pace and seemed to have it sewn up when jumping beautifully at the last, but Maybe I Wont and Blue Destination came charging home and under a strong Maguire ride he won by a short head and three-parts of a length.
Last year’s Cartmel champion trainer McCain completed an 8-1 double on Bank Holiday Monday with Call Back and Cuban Piece.
Call Back was an easy 15-length winner in the Swan Hotel Novices Hurdle, but Cuban Piece looked to have a big task on his hands in the English Lakes Ice Cream Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. Rider John Kington never gave up, even when Oniz Tiptoes came to challenge after the last and a final surge took him clear again.
Danny John Boy was the star of the show on Monday thanks to his newly-applied cheekpieces, and he won by five lengths.
On Saturday Evelyn Slack was all smiles after Hathamore, owned by her husband Arthur, had won the Wave Jewellery Intermediate Handicap, but it wasn’t just the family that had good cause to smile.
Wave Jewellery’s owners Paul and Jo Henderson had put up a £5,000 diamond pendant as first prize in the Best Dressed Lady competition and all the finalists drew a horse in the race to decide the winner.
Hathamore was drawn by Linda James from Aughton in Lancashire, who was paying her first ever visit to Cartmel and she took home the diamonds.