Eva Maria won on just her second start and it was an emotional victory. The race was named after Laura Barry our former apprentice who lost her battle with cancer. Paul Hanagan was in the saddle at Thirsk and they sat and tracked the leaders. She was asked for an effort two furlongs from home and she stayed on really strongly. She won going away by four-lengths. She’s a half-sister to James Garfield and looks a nice fully for Bill and Tim Gredley. There were lots of Laura’s friends and family at Thirsk to celebrate the win.

Ventura Ocean then handed us a double this time at Newmarket. He pressed the leaders under Paddy Mathers and took up the lead two furlongs from home. He stayed on really well under pressure and crossed the line with Fastman. A photo was needed to separate them but he had held on gamely to win by a nose.