Maid Up completed a hat-trick of wins to cap a memorable card at Ascot’s Property Race Day, the starter before the main course of the Summer Mile Family Raceday on Saturday.
The promised thunderstorms never quite materialised, and a quality day of racing, the first at Ascot since June’s Royal meeting in Berkshire, went ahead under blazing skies.
Maid Up was always travelling well in the mile and a half Cushman and Wakefield EBF Breeders' Series Fillies Handicap Stakes and held off Phantasmic by a length, coming home the 5-4 favourite.
After wins at Doncaster and Goodwood, the Andrew Balding trained grey came home by a neck and Glorious Goodwood could now prove the three-year-old’s next target.
There was a dramatic start to the afternoon when the fast-finishing Marhaba Milliar under Robert Havlin was awarded the opening 6f Signature Capital British EBF Novice Stakes at the expense of market mover Dirty Rascal.
An erratic final half furlong from the Pat Dobbs-ridden Dirty Rascal incurred a penalty from the stewards and the Richard Hannon-trained horse was placed second at evens favourite after holding off Marhaba Milliar by a short head.
Semoum and Luke Morris justified favouritism with a well contested victory in the Knights Nursery Handicap Stakes, again over 6 furlongs, holding off a late charge from the Sylvester Kirk-trained Nayslayer.
Machine Learner won the test of endurance over 1 mile six furlongs, beating out favourite White Desert in the Close Brothers Property Finance Handicap Stakes.
The much fancied How Far finished well down the field as Daschas and Edward Greatrex stole the honours in the Long Harbour Derek Lucie-Smith Memorial Handicap Stakes over six furlongs.
Greatrex completed a double in the 5:10 Savill’s Handicap Stakes on board Godolphin’s Racing Country before Buzz Lightyere rounded off the day with a thrilling late switch under Charlie Bennett to win the CMS Real Deal Apprentice Handicap Stakes.